Old EnglishnEnglish
Slade nValley, dell or dingle. 2. an open space between banks or woods. 3. a forest slade. 4. a strip of greensward or boggy land.
Slake vbTo be slack, less active or intense, abate. 2. to diminish the intensity of one's efforts. 2. to do something or undertake something with less energy. 3. to manifest a weakening or decrease in some specified respect. 4. to fall away in one's endeavours; become less decisive. 5. to depart, go away, leave. 6. to become relaxed, slack or loose. 7. to decrease in intensity or force. 8. to become less violent, oppressive or part of, to abate, moderate, mitigate, assuage. 9. to burn less strongly, die down or away, go out. 10. to become weaker or fainter; to lessen, fall off. 11. to come to an end, cease, become extinct. 12. to grow less in number, quantity, voice. 13. to quench a thirst, allay a fear, assuage emotional pain or extinguish a flame or fire. 14. to cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water.
Slakeless adjThat which cannot be or is incapable of being slaked, quenched, mitigated, satiated, assuaged, extinguished.
Slaker nOne who mitigates, assuages, abates.
Slaught nSlaying, slaughter. 2. a stroke of sorrow. 3. spell of sleep.
Slaught nKill, slaughter, butcher, murder, destroy.
Slay vbTo kill intentionally or with premeditation. 2. to kill with violence; put to death with a weapon. 3. kill, put an end to, destroy, murder, slaughter, butcher. 4. to smite, strike, hit.
Slaying nThe act of killing intentionally, murdeer, butcher, slaughter, destroy.
Slayer nSomeone who causes the death of a person or animal. 2. one who slays, killer, murderer, butcher, destroyer of life, blood-shedder, blood-letter.
Sleat vbTo bait an animal with dogs. hunt after something. 3. to incite, set the dogs on.
Sleating nHunting, baiting, instigation, persecute. (lit and fig)
Sleave nSomething tangled, matted, knotted or unspun, as silk or thread.
Sleave vbTo separate, as a mass of threads, disentangle. 2. to divide, split, rend, tear apart; disentangle.
Sleck vbTo extinguish or quench (a fire). 2. assuage, moderate. 3. to cool by means of water. 4. to slake or slack.
Sledge nA heavy hammer wielde with one or both hands, for blacksmith's use, or for breaking stone etc.
Sledge vbTo hammer, strike, break with a sledge. 2. to strike or smite with great, sometimes unnecessarily severe, force or might.
Sleep nA state or period of complete or parial unconsciousness, normal and periodic in humans and higher animals. 2. prolonged period of sleep or hibernation. 3. slumber, nap, doze, kip, inactivity, torpor or rest. 4. death; the rest of the grave.
Sleep vbTo fall asleep. 2. to become numb, often with a tingling sensation (pins and needles). 3. to be quite, inactive, dormant. 4. to be unvigilant, to live thoughtlessly, to be careless or inattentive. 5. to rest or repose; to be dead. 6. to be unused or unagitated. 7. to provide with sleeping quarters.
Sleep phr"Sleep rough" - to sleep, or bedded down, in the open air (such as on the streets, or in doorways, parks or bus shelters); people in buildings or other places not designed for habitation (such as barns, sheds, car parks, cars, derelict boats.
Sleep away vbTo sleep away: to eliminate, get rid by sleeping it off.
Sleep-bringing adjA sedative, soporific, soporose, slumbrous, lethargic.
Sleeping sickness nA disease caused by the bite of the tsetse-fly, resulting in extreme lethargy, recurrent fever, headaches and terminating in somnolence and death. 2. Condition suffered by one who is frequently late for work and appointments.
Sleep-learning nLearning during sleep, by using electrical and electronic devices to teach, for example, a foreign language to someone who is asleep.
Sleepless adjUnable to sleep, wakeful, restless, unquiet.
Sleeper nest nA group, such as plotters, terrorists, partisans ("Sleepers") awaiting a pre-arranged signal to launch a military attack.
Sleep off vbTo cure or mitigate the after effects of a hangover by sleeping it off.
Sleepwalker nSomnambulist: a person who walks during sleep.
Sleep-walking nThe action of walking by a person who is asleep; somnambulating, night-wandering, night-walking.
Sleep with vbTo have sexual intercourse with; sleep together, have it off, lie with; copulate, make love, commit adultery.
Sleepy adjInclined to sleep. 2. drowsy, sluggish, dull, heavy, sleepful. 3. conducive to sleep; strongly inclined to sleep or sleepful.
Sleight nSlaughter
Slench vbTo slink, sneak.
Sletch vbTo render slack or relaxed. 2. to assuage, mitigate. 3. to abode, slacken.
Sleuth adjSloth, slothful, laziness, slowness, slow-moving, slow,
Sleuth vbTo be slothful, to waste in sloth.
Slide nThe act of sliding 2 small flat retangular piece of glass on which specimens can be put for closer study. 3. a rapid movement or sliding up or down or the falling or slipping of a large mass of earth, rock, ice or snow; an avalanche. 4. a children's plaything, involving a metal sloping channel.. 4. An inclined plane or channel on which persons, goods etc., slide down to a lower level. 5. a sliding part of a mechanism. 6. a groove, rail etc., on which somehing slides. 7. in music a series of short notes leading smoothly to a principal note.
Slide vbTo slip smoothly, easily along; to pass along or cause to slide over a surface with a smooth slipping movement. 2. to slide along ice. 3. to move or pass imperceptibly, smoothly, swiftly, or easily; to pass gradually or imperceptibly. 4. to make a moral slip, err, sin. 5. to lose one's equilibrium or foothold. 6. to move, put, enter, slide in or into etc., with quietness, deftness, dexterity
Slike nMud, slime, sludge.
Slime nSoft, thin, sticky, runny, slimy, mud or filth. 2. any moist viscous fluid, esp. noxious or unpleasant. 3. mucuous substance or exudation produced by various organisms, suc as slugs, snails, fish etc. 4. any soft, sticky or dirty thing; hence, any offensive quality or thing. 5. soft, moist, adhesive mud or earth, muck.
Slime vbTo cover or be covered with slime or similar sticky, viscous substance or exudation. 2. to smear with slime; stain with slime.
Slime-pit nA cesspool, unsalubrious surroundings or city sector. 2. a collection of people of low socio-economic status, living in slimey, unwholesome town or city.
Slink vbOf persons or animals: to creep or crawl (reptiles). 2. to go move in a stelthful way. 3. walk in a quiet way or sneaky manner. 4. to slink away or reduce by miscarriage. 5. to skulk or hide oneself away. 6. to avoid, shirk, evade, withdraw. turn the eyes in a furtive way.
Slink nA person who moves about stealthy, slyly or secretly. 2. a sneaking, shirking cowardly fellow. 3. a shulk, a sneak. 4. a manner of moving or walking in a slinking, sneaking, stealthily pace or tread. 5. a submissive. 6. a downcast or furtive look or glance. 7. an animal that brings forth it's young abortively or prematurely. 8. an abortive animal or human. 9. an illegimate child, bastard, love-child. 10. a reptile or creepie-crawlie; a lizard.
Slinkend nCreepie-crawlie, bugs in general; reptiles, slinks, slitherers
Slinkiness nSlyness, stealthfulness, furtiveness, sneaking of manner or bearing
Slinking nThat which slinks, moves, walks etc. in a furtive or slinkly manner or whose actions are marked by stealth or secrecy.
Slink-meat nDiseased meat sold by unreputable butchers.
Slink-weed nRose-bay, willow-herb, cardinal flower. (Some believe that it causes cows and other field animals to miscarry)
Slinky adjOf a woman, sinuous, slender, gliding; also often of her garments or clothing. 2. of garments, tight or close -fitting. 3. of persons and animals, stealthy, furtive, dextrous (with varying degrees of approval.
Slip nA soft, semi-liquid mass, mud, slime, dung. 2. potter's clay. 3. curdled milk.
Slipper adjOE.(slipor) deceitful, unreliable, forgetful, voluble.
Slit nA long narrow cut or opening.
Slit vbTo cut apart or open along a line. 2. to make a long cut, fissure or opening. 3. to cut into strips lengthwise. 4. to sever.
Slite vbTo impair by wear, to wear out. 2. to whet, sharpen.
Slither nThe action of slithering or sliding, slipping, gliding.
Slither vbTo slip, slide, glide on a loose or unfirm ground or slope. 2. to fall gently. 3. to cause or make slither. 4. of reptiles, crawl, creep, slink.
Slive vbTo cleave, split, divide. 2. to cut through something. 3. to remove by cutting or slicing; to take off in this manner. 4. to go along furtively and quietly.
Sloe nFruit of the blackthorn, sloe-thorn or Prunus spinoza. 2. something or some type of thing with little or no value: strass. 3. the apple of one's eye.
Sloom nA gentle sleep or slumber; a doze.
Sloomy vbTo sleep lightly or gently. 2, to doze, nap, kip; take forty winks.
Sloth nThe animal -- the Sloth -- known for it's slowness of movement. 2. physical or mental inactivity, disinclination to action, exertion or labour. 3. sluggishness, idleness, indolence, laziness, tardiness, slowness. 5. a slough or muddy, miry place.
Sloth vbTo allow to slip through because of slothfulness, delay or neglect. 2. to waste, pass away time, in idleness. 3. to be indolent or lazy.
Slothful adjFull of sloth, slothly, indisposed to exertuion, inactive, indolent, lazy, sluggish.
Slothfulness nThe state or quality of being slothful: lazy, inactive, indolent, slothly.
Slough nA state of moral degradation in which a person sinks or has sunk. 2. soft mud,mudpool, mire, cesspool; a miasma. 3. a side channel of a river; or a natural channel or waterway that is only filled sporadically with water.
Sloughy adjAbounding in mud, mire, slush, miasmic.
Slow adjNot moving quickly, taking a long time; not happening in a short time, gradual, late. 2. slow to be understood, lacking intellectual activity; stupid or obtuse; inertia of intellect, heavy in wit, not alert, not ready, not prompt or quick, dilatory, dull, slow in speech. 3. lacking in interest as to be cause mental weariness; not alert or spirited. 4. boring, deadening, irksome, tedious, wearisome, not hast, uninclined, tardy, unprecipitous. 5. of commercial matters in business: not achieved with briskness.
Slow vbTo lose velocity or speed; lose speed gradually, proceed more slowly. 2. to render slow or slow up. 3. to slacken the speed of, to retard, delay, to go slower.
Slow phr"Slow on the Uptake" - dull, stupid, silly.
Slowback nA lubber, an idle fellow, a dullard, a loiterer.
Slow-downnA go-slow industrial dispute where the worker work strictly to the letter of their industrial laws and awards. 2. the act of slowing down or falling behind. 3. a lag, a bind, dive, dwindling, wane. ebbing, hold-up, letdown, let-up, outlaw strike, wildcat strike, a walkout.
Slowliness nUnskilfulness, resulting from the lack of training, awkwardness, ineptitude, maladroitness. 2. a rate demonstrating an absence of haste, slowness, deliberation, unhurriednes. 3. lack of normal development or intellectual capacities; retardation, retardation, slowness. 4. quality or state of being slow.
Slowly advWithout sppeed, tardily. 2. of clocks, timepieces etc, behind, incorrect in time; indicatiing a time earlier than the correct time.
Slow-witted adjRetarded in intellectual developments, backward, half-witted, feebleminded, inert, mentally unattentive, dull of apprehension, not processing quickly intellectually.
Slow-wittedness nQuality of being slow mentally and limited intellectually.

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