- 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 slaking
The efforts of intellect seem to inspire a thirst there is no slaking.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
The practice of slaking lime in small piles in the field is wasteful.
The water for slaking comes from rains, or from moisture in the air and earth.
In this fact we see the necessity for ample means of slaking thirst.The Ceramic Art
Jennie J. Young
What motive can he have in this save the slaking of his over-weening pride?The Siege of Norwich Castle
Matilda Maria Blake
- (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 slaking
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.