• WordNet 3.6
    • n slackness the quality of being lax and neglectful
    • n slackness the quality of being loose (not taut) "he hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope"
    • n slackness weakness characterized by a lack of vitality or energy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Slackness The quality or state of being slack.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n slackness The character or state of being slack, in any sense.
    • n slackness A tendency of a vessel under sail to fall off or away from the direction of the wind when the helm is amidships: opposed to ardency.
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  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.”
  • Bible
    “He also who is slack in his work is brother to him who destroys. [Proverbs 18:9]”


Cut someone some slack - To relax a rule or make an allowance, as in allowing someone more time to finish something.


In literature:

Luckily he succeeded in finding the slack of the line and got out.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
He runs again and jumps, the line comes back in my face, all slack, something has given.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Volume 102, April 2, 1892" by Various
I've been slack and selfish.
"His Family" by Ernest Poole
Hazard, every sense on the alert, almost exulting in his perfect coolness, took in the slack with deft rapidity.
"Dutch Courage and Other Stories" by Jack London
I'm talking, and I won't take any of your slack in return.
"Sheila of Big Wreck Cove" by James A. Cooper
Place them on a slack fire and occasionally give them a stir.
"Cassell's Vegetarian Cookery" by A. G. Payne
Norah, although Dale said she worked well enough for him in the office, showed a perceptible slackness at her household tasks.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
She had been idle twelve weeks on account of slack work.
"Making Both Ends Meet" by Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
Rebellion now began, for lack Of zeal and plunder, to grow slack.
"Handy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations" by Various
As I opened the bag my fingers encountered a hard substance, as of metal, embedded in the slack of the lining in the joints of the mouth.
"The Man with the Clubfoot" by Valentine Williams
They've nothing to do and their bodies get slack and pampered, and they eat heaps too much.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
This policy embraces my slacks.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, January 14, 1920" by Various
He jumps on top log, grabs bear by the slack of the rump, an' heaves over back'ard right over top of that log.
"The Turtles of Tasman" by Jack London
Goin' to sea's bad enough, but the Waterman's Rest and holdin' on the slack here's worse, eh, mateys?
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
You see, along about March or April people begin to get slack-nerved and out-of-sortsy.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
It must not be imagined that governments and magistracies were slack in their pursuit of criminals.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
I'll bet she is no sicker than me, she's just taken the slack time to get her wrinkles massaged.
"A Woman of Genius" by Mary Austin
The winch had stopped, and Jefferson lay across it, amidst a coil of slack wire, with a suffused face.
"For Jacinta" by Harold Bindloss
He seemed to hold himself slackly and she had never seen him fall into that dejected attitude.
"A Prairie Courtship" by Harold Bindloss
Trade is slack over there, and it seemed wiser to await my turn.
"Thrice Armed" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

Now leave the check-reins slack,
The seed is flying far today -
The seed like stars against the black
Eternity of April clay.
"To the Man After the Harrow" by Patrick Kavanagh
Its weightiness doth try my back,
That faith and patience be not slack:
It is a fanning wind, whereby
I am unchaff'd of vanity.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Their pay was back, their belts were slack,
Each man his troubles blurted.
With empty guns to face the Huns,
Small wonder they deserted.
"Troubles In The Trenches" by Abner Cosens
—"I would not freeze thee, shorn one," cried
The North, "knew I but how
To warm my breath, to slack my stride;
But I am ruled as thou."
"The Subalterns" by Thomas Hardy
"Gar saddle me the bonny black,--
Gar saddle sune, and make him ready:
For I will down the Gatehope-Slack,
And all to see my bonny ladye."--
"Annan Water" by Andrew Lang
"Ride by the gate at Priesthaughswire,
And warn the Currors o' the Lee;
As ye come down the Hermitage Slack,
Warn doughty Willie o' Gorrinbery."
"Jamie Telfer" by Andrew Lang

In news:

The Hives, now available in the autumn line of slacks and ties.
1 12" by 3" sheeted dough, slacked in cooler ½ oz.
Dave Longstreth is seated in a fifth-floor room in New York's Wythe Hotel in a white T-shirt and slacks.
I'll cut my favorite bank a bit of slack this week and get back to passing along sage advice.
Fashion and food have traditionally clashed about as much as flower–print slacks and striped blouses: you can't just expect to strut down the runway and eat your cake, too.
Roping events jump-start slack at Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel rodeo.
From 'Groovy' To ' Slacks ,' The Words That Date You.
FDA Slacks on Lipstick Lead Tests.
Losing your body position at the second wake is a major cause of slack rope in the turn.
If you've been slacking a little in your 007 memorabilia, here's something that will give it a new kick.
The resort presents slack key guitarist Makana for a special fundraiser performance benefitting the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation.
On The Deep End, The Slack offers a little something for every pop-rock fan.
Charlie Slack appears in the following.
He was born Nov 27, 1939, in Sparta to the late Fern A and Norine (Hulse) Slack .
Anyone looking for an inspiring story should watch Adam Slack 's video of how he lost 376 pounds.

In science:

This involves taking advantage of the ’slack’ due to the fact that (r + 1)(n + 1) > 2(d + r), i.e. the source of µ has larger rank than its asserted image.
Normal bundles of rational curves in projective spaces
Clearly there is a lot of slack in the above reasoning, since for contradiction it suffices to succeed in the guessing game with any probability strictly greater than 1/2.
Certifiable Quantum Dice - Or, testable exponential randomness expansion
Therefore, we can decrease ¯P j ∗ a little bit and increase ¯P1 ∗ a little bit such that all the constraints of (26) have slackness, which means we can find a smaller ¯c which satisfies all the constraints.
Simple and Effective Dynamic Provisioning for Power-Proportional Data Centers
Hence, after we decreasing ¯P1 ∗ a little bit and increasing ¯Ph ∗ a little bit, all the constraints of (26) have slackness, which means we can find a smaller ¯c.
Simple and Effective Dynamic Provisioning for Power-Proportional Data Centers
SVM slack variable for instance i and ηi the distance of that instance from the margin hyperplane.
A metric learning perspective of SVM: on the relation of SVM and LMNN
We then relax the i-th inequality to yi (wT xi + b) + ξi ≥ 1, and add the term C Pi ξi to the ob jective function, where C ≥ 0, which has the purpose of pushing the slack variables to zero.
Optimal diagnostic tests for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease based on support vector machine classification of RT-QuIC data
As C increases, the optimal hyperplane will misclassify fewer observations, and for large enough C the hyperplane will fit as tightly as possible to minimise the sum of the slacks.
Optimal diagnostic tests for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease based on support vector machine classification of RT-QuIC data
If the problem is separable, then the ξi s will be forced to zero by the minimisation, thus removing the slack variables and recovering the original problem.
Optimal diagnostic tests for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease based on support vector machine classification of RT-QuIC data
The reasons rely on this fact: theorem 1 provides only quite slack bounds for the structure of OSCs of catalysts when marginal Hilbert space of entanglement catalysts have high dimensions.
Basic limitations for entanglement catalysis
Predictably, the dependence is slack and is completely determined by the level hierarchy in dots, and also by the number of electrons.
On the current gap of single-electron transistors
There are two types of links between reptons: the slack links connect two successive reptons in the same cell and the taut links those in neighboring cells. A repton can hop to a neigboring cell if it does not leave an empty cell behind.
Exact Solution for a 1-dimensional model for Reptation
So the basic mechanism of motion is the interchange of taut and slack links.
Exact Solution for a 1-dimensional model for Reptation
Thus the dimension d becomes a parameter and the links are characterised by a 3-valued variable: yi = 0 for a slack link, yi = 1 for a taut link in the direction of the field and yi = −1 for a taut link opposite to the field.
Exact Solution for a 1-dimensional model for Reptation
The parameter d influences the ratio of slack to taut links, but not the universal properties of the chain e.g. the exponents by which the renewal time and the drift velocity depend on the chain length.
Exact Solution for a 1-dimensional model for Reptation
The 0 and ± state are both mapped on a slack link yi = 0.
Exact Solution for a 1-dimensional model for Reptation