• WordNet 3.6
    • adj slow (of business) not active or brisk "business is dull (or slow)","a sluggish market"
    • adj slow slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity "so dense he never understands anything I say to him","never met anyone quite so dim","although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray","dumb officials make some really dumb decisions","he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse","worked with the slow students"
    • adj slow not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time "a slow walker","the slow lane of traffic","her steps were slow","he was slow in reacting to the news","slow but steady growth"
    • adj slow at a slow tempo "the band played a slow waltz"
    • adj slow (used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time "the clock is slow"
    • adj slow so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness "a boring evening with uninteresting people","the deadening effect of some routine tasks","a dull play","his competent but dull performance","a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention","what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke","tedious days on the train","the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain","other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"
    • adv slow without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly') "he spoke slowly","go easy here--the road is slippery","glaciers move tardily","please go slow so I can see the sights"
    • adv slow of timepieces "the clock is almost an hour slow","my watch is running behind"
    • v slow lose velocity; move more slowly "The car decelerated"
    • v slow become slow or slower "Production slowed"
    • v slow cause to proceed more slowly "The illness slowed him down"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Studies have shown that by putting on slow background music it can make a person eat food at a slower rate
    • n Slow A moth.
    • Slow Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time; as, the clock or watch is slow .
    • Slow Heavy in wit; not alert, prompt, or spirited; wearisome; dull.
    • Slow Moving a short space in a relatively long time; not swift; not quick in motion; not rapid; moderate; deliberate; as, a slow stream; a slow motion.
    • Slow Not advancing or improving rapidly; as, the slow growth of arts and sciences.
    • Slow Not happening in a short time; gradual; late. "These changes in the heavens, though slow , produced
      Like change on sea and land, sidereal blast."
    • Slow Not hasty; not precipitate; acting with deliberation; tardy; inactive. "He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding."
    • Slow Not ready; not prompt or quick; dilatory; sluggish; as, slow of speech, and slow of tongue. "Fixed on defense, the Trojans are not slow To guard their shore from an expected foe."
    • imp Slow slō Slew.
    • adv Slow Slowly. "Let him have time to mark how slow time goes
      In time of sorrow."
    • v. i Slow To go slower; -- often with up; as, the train slowed up before crossing the bridge.
    • v. t Slow To render slow; to slacken the speed of; to retard; to delay; as, to slow a steamer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bruce Lee was so fast, that they actually had to slow a film down so you could see his moves. That is the opposite of the norm
    • slow Taking a long time to move or go a short distance; not quick in motion; not rapid: as, a slow train; a slow messenger.
    • slow Not happening in a short time; spread over a comparatively long time; gradual: as, a slow change; the slow growth of arts.
    • slow Not ready; not prompt or quick; used absolutely, not quick to comprehend; dull-witted.
    • slow Tardy; dilatory; sluggish; slothful.
    • slow Not hasty; not precipitate; acting with deliberation.
    • slow Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time: as, the clock or watch is slow.
    • slow Dull; lacking spirit; deficient in liveliness or briskness: used of persons or things: as, the entertainment was very slow.
    • slow Synonyms Delaying, lingering, deliberate.
    • slow Heavy, inert, lumpish.
    • slow Slow, Tardy, Dilatory. Slow and tardy represent either a fact in external events or an element of character; dilatory only the latter. Dilatory expresses that disposition or habit by which one is once or generally slow to go about what ought to be done. See idle.
    • n slow A sluggard.
    • slow Slowly.
    • slow To become slow; slacken in speed.
    • slow To make slow; delay; retard.
    • slow To slacken in speed: as, to slow a locomotive or a steamer: usually with up or down.
    • n slow A Middle English spelling of slough.
    • n slow In zoöl, a sluggish or slow-paced skink, as the slow-worm or blindworm, Anguis fragilis; also, a newt or eft of like character.
    • n slow A Middle English preterit of slay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The parents of Albert Einstein were worried that he was mentally slow because it took him a long time to learn how to speak
    • adj Slow slō not swift: late: behind in time: not hasty: not ready: not progressive
    • v.t Slow to delay, retard, slacken the speed of
    • v.i Slow to slacken in speed
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  • Proverb
    “Slow help is no help.”
  • Bible
    “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”
  • Ovid
    “We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.”
  • Ovid
    “People are slow to believe that, which if believed would work them harm.”
  • Bible
    “Be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
    “Come he slow or come he fast. It is but death who comes at last.”


Slow and steady wins the race - This expression means that consistency, although progress may be slow, will eventually be more beneficial than being hasty or careless just to get something done.
Slow boat to China - This idiom is used to describe something that is very slow and takes a long time.
Slow but sure - If something or someone is slow but sure, they may take their time to do something, but they are reliable.
Slow off the mark - If people are slow off the mark, they are slow to respond or act in a situation.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. slow, slaw, AS. slāw,; akin to OS. slēu, blunt, dull, D. sleeuw, slee, sour, OHG. slēo, blunt, dull, Icel. slōr, slær, Dan. slöv, Sw. slö,. Cf. Sloe, and Sloth


In literature:

The "Sonate Pathetique" begins with a slow introduction, lasting ten measures of very slow time.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
I ran perhaps half a mile, then I slowed down to a walk, completely winded.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
It is comparatively slow in its action, but is useful in almost all cases.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
They enjoyed the peddler's talk, and felt an indulgent tenderness for his slow and feeble intellect.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Don nodded, smiled his slow smile and shook his head.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Wildfire had run for a mile, then slowed down to a trot, and he had circled to get back to the trail he had left.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
Spurling, for all his slowness, was the first to reach the wreck.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Simmer over a slow fire 4 hours, or until it forms a hard, brown salve.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
The return trip was necessarily slow, and dawn was just breaking as they forded the creek and drove up to the bunk-house.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
The scout at last spoke in his slow drawling way.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum

In poetry:

Oh, I'd been better dying,
Oh, I was slow and sad;
A fool I was, a-crying
About a cruel lad!
"The Trusting Heart" by Dorothy Parker
In a life where the clocks
Are slow or fast,
It is a pleasant thing
To die together
As we are dying.
"The Clock Of Death" by Edward Powys Mathers
Yet on, alike, though swift or slow
Their various waves may sweep,
Through cities or through shades they flow
To the same boundless deep.
"The Rivers" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
"And then aloof its clasped hands
Were wrung, and tossed to and fro!
And sounds came forth, dull, deep, and wild,
And O ! how deadly slow !
"The Dark Ladie" by Anne Bannerman
Thy reign eternal will not cease;
Thy years are sure, and glad, and slow;
Within thy mighty world of peac
The humblest flower hath leave to blow.
"And Art Thou Come With Us To Dwell?" by Dora Greenwell
Slow, slow it came, still widening its abode,
But slower still the truth grew on our mind,
Till, after one heart-prayer to our God,
We woke, and found our little darling blind.
"Blind Ella" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Hurricane Sandy beach erosion work slows.
Slow-cooker broth is the base for great fall soups.
This is a healthy fun dessert from "Joe Simmer's All American Slow Cookin.'".
Warm water slowing many fisheries.
Domino's ' Brutally Honest' Ads Offset Slow Consumer Spending.
How ' brutally honest' ads helped Domino's offset slow consumer spending.
The Slow Death of Ohio Republicans.
Slow Motion Instant Replay Controllers BUF Technology: The Art Of Control.
Police say that Robert Walker, 28 of Buhl was slowing for traffic on the Garden City exit 4 Ramp of I-84.
No slowing down as local races close in on Election Day.
Bumbling feds blamed in slow energy permitting.
Old Mortgages Slow New Bank Lending.
It originally aired on May 19, 2002: I was slow to come to a computer.
Economic growth in the second quarter slowed to 1.5 percent annualized from 2 percent in the first quarter.
Devastating accident doesn't slow down teen football player.

In science:

Simulations are plagued by finite-size effects, critical slowing down, and other problems.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Theorem 3 Let K (x, y ) = A(x − y ) be a translation-invariant kernel in R1 and m(λ) = |λ|αϕ(λ), where ϕ(λ) is a slow ly varying function at the origin and 0 < α < 1.
Gaussian limit for determinantal random point fields
Their growth is slow enough so that they determine the spectrum.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
Obtained results are valid for every FEL system, which use the mechanism of waves slowing in the slow-wave structures for generation.
Influence of guiding magnetic field on emission of stimulated photons in generators utilizing periodic slow-wave structures
To leading order the result is independent of the parameter J0 and shows that for ∆ ≪ J 2 and T ≤ J one has a power law behavior δχ1(t) ∼ (t/τ )−1/2 , implying a slow decay and a large difference between the two susceptibilities, which has been observed experimentally .
Dynamics of relaxor ferroelectrics