• WordNet 3.6
    • n slackening an occurrence of control or strength weakening "the relaxation of requirements","the loosening of his grip","the slackening of the wind"
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In literature:

Two or three of its guns, however, had been disabled, and its fire began to slacken.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
His pursuers saw them too and the chase slackened.
"Army Boys on the Firing Line" by Homer Randall
It slackens up, and then comes on again worse than ever.
"The Boy Scouts of Lenox" by Frank V. Webster
He would neither slacken nor spare; here need be no compunction.
"The Woman in Black" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
By this time the boat had reached the higher portion of the hollow, where the current slackened.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
Then the wheel slackened, the ball hesitated, paused, dropped.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
At last the rope slackened.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
First her fire slackened.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Slacken tent ropes a little, especially where they are new.
"The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters" by Charles Henry Lerrigo
John Miles slackened his rein, and thought seriously and sadly of the position to which he was reduced.
"The Young Miner" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
The train had slackened speed to round the curve, and as soon as the engineer saw the danger signal he stopped the cars.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
Without slackening pace Alex headed for the old semaphore.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
He hardly dared own how it terrified him, this slackening of the physical tie.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Horses surged together and the pace slackened from a wild rush to a wilder thrashing of uncertainty.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
But Calthorpe drove his vessel sheer through them, and never slackened his speed for all their fury.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
She hesitated then, and slackened her speed a little.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
He slackened the reins a little.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
Suddenly the taut line slackened.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
I ran along the beach until presently the line slackened and I felt that the hook had torn out.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
The two loiterers slackened their pace to admire the scene.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable

In poetry:

Belted on him then his sword,
Braced his slackened mail;
Doubting said: "I dreamed the Lord
Offered me the Grail."
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
O joyous idler in the sun,
In pity slacken here thy pace!
A lad, whose course is nearly run,
Is watching thee with wistful face.
"On The Promenade" by John Lawson Stoddard
Slacken not sail yet at inlet or island;
Straight for the beacon steer — straight for the high land
Crowd all thy canvas on, cut through the foam —
Christian! cast anchor now — Heaven is thy home.
"The Mariner's Hymn" by Caroline Anne Bowles Southey
"The great wheels stagger'd and span with the strain,
While the spray from the steam fell around us like rain,
But we slacken'd our speed, till we saw with a wild
Throb at the heart, right before us,—a child!
"Nottman" by Alexander Anderson
Steadily, hasteless, o'er valley and hill.
O'er the moor, along the beach,
We ride, nor slacken our pace until
Some city of men we reach;
There, in the market, my horse stands still,
And I lift my voice and preach.
"The Three Horses" by George MacDonald
Dead-tired, dog-tired, as the vivid day
Fails and slackens and fades away.—
The sky that was so blue before
With sudden clouds is shrouded o'er.
Swiftly, stilly the mists uprise,
Till blurred and grey the landscape lies.
"The End of the Day" by Amy Levy

In news:

Crude futures settle higher as the market weighs the potential disruption of a hurricane heading toward Texas with slackening demand.
"I was totally depressed by it," he said, his face slackening at the memory.
BEIJING — As China's economy slackens to its slowest pace in years, many U.S.-based multinationals are more dependent than ever on the country.
It's ratherish incongruous that you can pick up The New York Times (the voice of the Jet-Set) at a WINCO 24-Hour Savings Supermarket (which caters to those with a slacken life), in Vancouver, WA.
Rains expected to slacken after today.
Different from tightrope walking , the practice of slackening involves a stretchy bit of nylon wire that allows for more of a trampoline effect during tricks.
And some doctors say that once skin starts to slacken, pores often look larger, as if they've been stretched out of shape.

In science:

Finally, define a slackened simple random walk as a nondegenerate symmetric right-continuous walk.
On the probability that integrated random walks stay positive
Let Sn be a centered random walk that is two-sided exponential, slackened simple, or symmetric two-sided geometric.
On the probability that integrated random walks stay positive
Since we need rates for both positive and negative excursions, the only slackened random walks would be covered, giving no refinement to Theorem 2. 3.
On the probability that integrated random walks stay positive
However, the gap ωQ grows with x,44 effectively slackening the momentum dependence of ω−4 k and promoting the separation of the susceptibility maxima from the antiferromagnetic wave vector.
Magnetic incommensurability in $p$-type cuprate perovskites