What does the word slacken mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive, verb intransitive

  • To loosen; relax; retard.

Usage examples for slacken

  1. Her way immediately began to slacken; and although I saw an officer dash aft and with his own hands jam the helm hard over to lay us aboard, her movements became so sluggish that we had no difficulty in avoiding her, she being fully ten fathoms distant when she went drifting slowly across our stern. – The Log of a Privateersman by Harry Collingwood
  2. In spite of the dense and well- armed array confronting them, our warriors did not even slacken their pace. – The White Shield by Bertram Mitford
  3. He dared not slacken his efforts now. – Bull Hunter by Max Brand