• WordNet 3.6
    • adj lax emptying easily or excessively "loose bowels"
    • adj lax lacking in rigor or strictness "such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable","lax in attending classes","slack in maintaining discipline"
    • adj lax lacking in strength or firmness or resilience "a lax rope","a limp handshake"
    • adj lax pronounced with muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed (e.g., the vowel sound in `bet')
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lax A looseness; diarrhea.
    • Lax Having a looseness of the bowels; diarrheal.
    • Lax Not strict or stringent; not exact; loose; weak; vague; equivocal. "The discipline was lax .""Society at that epoch was lenient, if not lax , in matters of the passions.""The word “æternus” itself is sometimes of a lax signification."
    • Lax Not tense, firm, or rigid; loose; slack; as, a lax bandage; lax fiber. "The flesh of that sort of fish being lax and spongy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lax Slack; loose; soft; not firm in texture, consistency, or tension; readily yielding to touch or pressure: as, lax flesh or fiber; a lax cord.
    • lax Loose; free; being at ease.
    • lax Relaxed; not retentive: as, lax bowels.
    • lax Loose as regards force or energy; wanting vigor; weak; remiss; lacking in strictness: as, lax discipline; he is lax in his duty.
    • lax Loose in construction or application; not rigidly exact or precise; vague; equivocal.
    • lax In botany, loose or open; not compact: said of some panicles.
    • n lax A loosing; relief.
    • n lax A looseness; diarrhea.
    • lax To relax.
    • n lax A salmon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lax laks slack: loose: soft, flabby: not strict in discipline or morals: loose in the bowels
    • n Lax a purgative or aperient medicine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. laxus, Cf. Laches Languish Lease (v. t.) Leash


In literature:

During his enforced absence from them, discipline was sure to grow lax.
"Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer" by Jessie Graham Flower
I loathed the lax, cheap honor of the world and its hypocrisy.
"Man and Maid" by Elinor Glyn
The most serious defect of the definition comes from the lax interpretation of the term "ordinary prudence," etc.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
For all this, interest in the rainmaker's efforts did not lax.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
The precisian, they say, disapproved of Danton's lax and heedless courses.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)" by John Morley
Hastily he fumbled the lax hand for a pulse.
"The Colors of Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
As the guard is very lax at that time, it is the best time for the attempt.
"The Skylark of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
According to their own accounts, discipline must have been extremely lax at first, but was now improving.
"Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863" by Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
She noticed nothing of him or his doings, lay lax in his arms.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
The laxness of the family housekeeping had led him to distrust all hands and heads but his own.
"The Madigans" by Miriam Michelson

In poetry:

How many things I took for facts,--
Icarus and his conduct lax,
And how he sealed his fate with wax!
"Avitor" by Francis Bret Harte
These marriage ties, the Court believes,
Have grown so lax, corrupt,
It should and does by fit decrees,
Break all the nuptials up.
"John Marshall's Divorce" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
They cannot think of so many crops to a field
Or of clean wood cleft by an axe.
Their love is an eager meaninglessness
Too tense, or too lax.
"Women" by Louise Bogan
O age gone lax! O stunted followers,
That mask at passions and desire desires,
Behold me shrivelled, and your mock of mocks;
And yet I mock you by the mighty fires
That burnt me to this ash.
"Piere Vidal Old" by Ezra Pound
The sun's heat now is painful. Scarce can you
Move, and even less lie still. You shuffle then,
Poised on your arms, again to shade. Again
There comes a pleasant laxness on you. When
You have done enough of nothing, you will go.
"Fancies At Leisure - I" by William Michael Rossetti
How beautiful she is! A tulip-wreath
Twines round her shadowy, free-floating hair:
Young, weary, passionate, and sad as death,
Dark visions haunt for her the vacant air,
While movelessly she lies
With lithe, lax, folded hands and heavy eyes.
"The South" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

But many were in agreement on one point: lax gun laws were partly to blame.
United executives don't tour 'LAX Ghetto ' RV park, but reporters do.
United's pilots union invites firm's execs to see 'LAX Ghetto ,' where pilots sleep.
The union representing United Airlines pilots are inviting the carrier's executives Thursday to tour the so-called LAX Ghetto , where many pilots sleep in motor homes during stopovers in Los Angeles.
A pregnant and glowing Kourtney Kardashian carried her happy son Mason at LAX to catch a flight out of town.
Ohio groups say state drilling enforcement is lax.
Tight budgets, lack of political will made for lax disaster preparedness.
Out of LAX on a Tuesday morning and back on a Friday.
Worker noticed lax cash handling long before city scandal.
The FDA has been criticized for lax oversight after a string of safety problems with imported products, including contaminated blood-thinning drugs.
States are lax of drilling inspections, study says.
The shuttle will fly over sites in Texas and Southern and Northern California on its way from Kennedy Space Center to LAX this month.
Continuing your education can be pricey, even at schools with the most lax requirements.
'There was clear negligence and laxness by those who are in charge of this prison,' member of parliament's security and defense committee says.
Beach Lax Seeking Players, Coaches.

In science:

One is the estimation of complex amplitudes of coherent signals in Gaussian noise solved by Yuen and Lax, and Holevo.
A Linear Programming Approach to Attainable Cram\'{e}r-Rao type Bounds and Randomness Condition II
As an example we reformulate the Lax approach of the supersymmetric Korteweg - de Vries equation in terms of the generators of the generalized Grassmann algebra.
Generalized Grassmann Algebras and its Connection to the Extended Supersymmetric Models
Thus, we represent the Lax operator L for super-KdV equation in two different but absolutely equivalent forms.
Generalized Grassmann Algebras and its Connection to the Extended Supersymmetric Models
Now the discussion of the N = 2 SKdV Lax operators is in order.
Generalized Grassmann Algebras and its Connection to the Extended Supersymmetric Models
We would like to show that the Lax operators for these generalizations could be written in terms of the Z4 generalized Grassmann algebra.
Generalized Grassmann Algebras and its Connection to the Extended Supersymmetric Models