slake

Definitions

  • Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing pottery. Between the kilns was a flame-scarred pit containing evidence of ironworking and the roasting of bog ore for iron
    Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing pottery. Between the kilns was a flame-scarred pit containing evidence of ironworking and the roasting of bog ore for iron
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v slake cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water "slack lime"
    • v slake make less active or intense
    • v slake satisfy (thirst) "The cold water quenched his thirst"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Slake To abate; to become less decided.
    • Slake To allay; to quench; to extinguish; as, to slake thirst. "And slake the heavenly fire.""It could not slake mine ire nor ease my heart."
    • Slake To become mixed with water, so that a true chemical combination takes place; as, the lime slakes .
    • Slake To go out; to become extinct. "His flame did slake ."
    • Slake To mix with water, so that a true chemical combination shall take place; to slack; as, to slake lime.
    • Slake To slacken; to become relaxed. "When the body's strongest sinews slake ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • slake To become slack; loosen; slacken; fall off.
    • slake To be lax, remiss, or negligent.
    • slake To become less strong, active, energetic, severe, intense, or the like; abate; decrease; fail; cease.
    • slake To desist; give over: fall short.
    • slake To become disintegrated and loosened by the action of water; become chemically combined with water: as, the lime slakes.
    • slake To make slack or slow; slow; slacken.
    • slake To make slack or loose; render less tense, firm, or compact; slacken. Specifically
    • slake To loosen or disintegrate; reduce to powder by the action of water: as, to slake lime. Also slack.
    • slake To let loose; release.
    • slake To make slack or inactive; hence, to quench or extinguish, as fire, appease or assuage, as hunger or thirst, or mollify, as hatred: as, to slake one's hunger or thirst; to slake wrath.
    • n slake A channel through a swamp or mud-flat.
    • n slake Slime or mud.
    • slake To besmear; daub.
    • n slake A slovenly or slabbery daub; a slight dabbing or bedaubing as with something soft and slabbery; a “lick.”
    • n slake A name of various species of Algæ, chiefly marine and of the edible sorts, as Ulva Lactuca, U. latissima, and Porphyra laciniata: applied also to fresh-water species, as Enteromorpha and perhaps Conferva.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Slake slāk to quench: to extinguish: to mix with water: to make slack or inactive
    • v.i Slake to go out: to become extinct
    • n Slake slāk a channel through a swamp or morass: slime.
    • v.t Slake slāk (Scot.) to besmear
    • n Slake a slabbery daub
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. slaken, to render slack, to slake, AS. sleacian, fr. sleac, slack. See Slack (v. & a.)

Usage

In literature:

My affection to you, sir Walter, was not extinguished, but slaked in regard to your deserts.
"State Trials, Political and Social" by Various
He crawled out, slaked his thirst, and backed into the warm den as far as he could.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
The eloquence of disappointment on Master Vallance's face as he beheld this dexterity moved the thirst-slaked Halfman to new mirth.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
They might slake their thirst at muddy sources unrebuked.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
He dipped up water with Dot's small tin cup from the stream in front, and with it their thirst was slaked.
"The Young Ranchers" by Edward S. Ellis
In the gods' holy seats, When the fire of Surt is slaked.
"Myths of the Norsemen" by H. A. Guerber
I hoped that we might slake off Ortheris in the same way, though he was perfectly sober.
"Soldier Stories" by Rudyard Kipling
There I slaked my thirst and washed my face and wound and bound it up as best I could.
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
Stucco, as used in Italy, is a mixture of slaked lime and white marble dust, or very fine sand which has been thoroughly sifted.
"Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2" by Francis Marion Crawford
Blake descended on the other side, to water his horse and slake his own thirst.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
I come to slake my thirst in thy Jordan.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
Quaking with awe from out his hair we fall the fire to shake, And bring the water of the well the holy flame to slake.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
When he had slaked a seemingly unquenchable craving, he dashed the running water, first with one hand and then the other, over his face.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
He is the Water of Life; we slake our thirst from Him.
"The Way to God and How to Find It" by Dwight Moody
Hither came the wild beasts of the forest to slake their thirst.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
Ordinary whitewash is made by slaking about 10 lbs.
"Cottage Building in Cob, Pisé, Chalk and Clay" by Clough Williams-Ellis
The road was good, and a heavy shower had slaked the dust.
"Los Gringos" by H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
The men who stand by her side are the waiters who feed her with coal and slake her thirst with water.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
In the slaking of the hate Christianity perhaps unintentionally assisted.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
Have I not from my side, from which runs out my soul, Made a spring gush to slake men's thirst?
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
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In poetry:

"Our bravest died to slake your pride -
Proud Edward, hear my lays!
No Welsh bards live who e'er will give
Your name a song a praise.
"The Bard Of Wales" by Janos Arany
To eat its fruits, come let us hie, And to our wounds its leaves apply,
They'll slake our thirst, our health restore,
And make us live forevermore.
"Christ Is The Tree Of Life" by Rees Prichard
Then each to other muttered, ``Now at last
Her splendour shall be ours, and we shall slake
Our envy. She is pillowed on her Past,
And will not wake.''
"Pax Britannica" by Alfred Austin
HE sat behind his roses and did wake
With wanton hands those passions grim
That naught but bitter tears and blood can slake,
And naught but years can dim.
"Destiny" by Arthur John Arbuthnott Stringer
And the priests cursed you with shrill psalms as
in your claws you seized their snake
And crept away with it to slake your passion by
the shuddering palms.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
Oh slake his deadly thirst from streams
Of Paradise, and give him dreams
Of the mild weather, the green sward.
Bind up his bitter wounds, O Lord,
And give him comfort. Let him know
His Shepherd 'tis that loves him so.
"Prayer At Night" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

I wondered where the ingredients came from — specifically how far they journeyed to slake my hunger.
Revision of D4644 - 08 Standard Test Method for Slake Durability of Shales and Similar Weak Rocks.
A massive 1950 Mack that slaked Colorado's thirst.
Here's a primer to slaking your body's thirst.
THE right drink does more than slake a thirst.
Restaurants lacking a hard liquor license have been slaking the thirsts of Cocktail Nation by mixing up drinks based on one low-proof spirit or another, with questionable results.
Film-O-Rama 2012, Day 1: Brutal 'Kill List' sure to slake bloodthirst of midnight-movie fans.
After 'Mad Men' Drought, Hoping to Slake a Thirst.
Thousands gathered in Sioux City, IA, this weekend to slake their appetite for tasty wholesome hamburgers, while showing their support for local ground beef producer, BPI.
In the years following the Civil War, thousands of cowboys on cattle drives would slake their thirst in the saloons of Six-Shooter Junction, as Waco was known in those days.
His thirst for power wasn't slaked when he became Pierce County prosecutor in 2009.
LAS VEGAS — The federal government isn't going to tap the Missouri River to slake the thirst of a drought-parched Southwest, the government's top water official said Wednesday.
Root beer slakes hot summer thirst.
The recession might temporarily slake that thirst, which is all the more reason to choose wisely.
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