verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to pull in or make taut a loose section of a rope, line, wire, etc.: Take up the slack before releasing the kite.
- to provide or compensate for something that is missing or incomplete: New sources of oil will take up the slack resulting from the embargo.
Origin of slack1
Examples from the Web for slackness
We are thinking perhaps of a certain tendency to slackness, a dangerous falling-off in the output of work.
The latter will duly take advantage of this slackness, and will get in just the little extra work that is wanted of it.The Complete Golfer |Harry Vardon
I had long been under reproach for my slackness in this matter.The Dew of Their Youth|S. R. Crockett
Still, the English are not happy, and the unrest and slackness increase.Letters of Travel (1892-1913)|Rudyard Kipling
The Devil, she said, was but half-tied, and slackness would let him loose.The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon|J.A. Froude
British Dictionary definitions for slackness (1 of 2)
- a patch of water without current
- a slackening of a current