- to allay (thirst, desire, wrath, etc.) by satisfying.
- to cool or refresh: He slaked his lips with ice.
- to make less active, vigorous, intense, etc.: His calm manner slaked their enthusiasm.
- to cause disintegration of (lime) by treatment with water.Compare slaked lime.
- Obsolete. to make loose or less tense; slacken.
- (of lime) to become slaked.
- Archaic. to become less active, intense, vigorous, etc.; abate.
Origin of slake
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Examples from the Web for unslaked
To take stains out of marble, make a tolerably thick mixture of unslaked lime finely powdered, with some strong soap-ley.
But what if all this misery, all this hunger, this unslaked thirst could have been avoided?Arundel
Edward Frederic Benson
It is his to paint the unslaked thirst and the unstilled longing.Knut Hamsun
Hanna Astrup Larsen
If his thirst for glory was unslaked, his fears of disaster had disappeared.The Life of Nelson, Vol. II. (of 2)
A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
The lime used should be of the unslaked type, and should be protected from the air until a short time before using.
- (tr) literary to satisfy (thirst, desire, etc)
- (tr) poetic to cool or refresh
- Also: slack to undergo or cause to undergo the process in which lime reacts with water or moist air to produce calcium hydroxide
- archaic to make or become less active or intense
Word Origin and History for unslaked
late Old English sleacian, slacian "become slack or remiss; slacken an effort" (intransitive); "delay, retard" (transitive), from slæc "lax" (see slack (adj.)). Transitive sense of "make slack" is from late 12c. Sense of "allay, diminish in force, quench, extinguish" (in reference to thirst, hunger, desire, wrath, etc.) first recorded early 14c. via notion of "make slack or inactive." Related: Slaked; slaking.