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Slow Meaning & Definition
Slow Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Slow?

[adv] without speed; "he spoke slowly"; "go easy here--the road is slippery"; "glaciers move tardily"; (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly' as in"please go slow; I want to see the sights")
[adv] of timepieces; "the clock is almost an hour slow"; "my watch is running behind"
[adj] (of business) not active or brisk; "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"
[adj] 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] 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] (music) at a slow tempo; "the band played a slow waltz"
[adj] (used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time; "the clock is slow"
[adj] 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"
[v] lose velocity; move more slowly; "The car decelerated"
[v] become slow or slower; "Production slowed"
[v] cause to proceed more slowly; "The illness slowed him down"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Slow: adagio | andante | behind | boring | bumper-to-bumper | crawling | dawdling | deadening | decelerate | dense | dilatory | dim | dragging | drawling | drawn-out | dull | dumb | easy | ho-hum | inactive | irksome | laggard | larghetto | larghissimo | largo | lazy | lentissimo | lento | long-play | long-playing | moderato | obtuse | pokey | poky | retard | slack | slacken | slow down | slow up | slowly | slow-moving | sluggish | stupid | tardily | tedious | tiresome | uninteresting | wearisome

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See Also | bog | bog down | clog | constipate | delay | delayed | detain | gradual | hold up | slow | unhurried | weaken

Slow In Webster's Dictionary

\Slow\, obs. imp. of {Slee}, to slay. Slew. --Chaucer.
\Slow\, a. [Compar. {Slower}; superl. {Slowest}.] [OE. slow, slaw, AS. sl[=a]w; akin to OS. sl?u blunt, dull, D. sleeuw, slee, sour, OHG. sl?o blunt, dull, Icel. sl?r, sl?r, Dan. sl["o]v, Sw. sl["o]. Cf. {Sloe}, and {Sloth}.] 1. 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. 2. Not happening in a short time; gradual; late. These changes in the heavens, though slow, produced Like change on sea and land, sidereal blast. --Milton. 3. 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. --Dryden. 4. Not hasty; not precipitate; acting with deliberation; tardy; inactive. He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding. --Prov. xiv. 29. 5. Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time; as, the clock or watch is slow. 6. Not advancing or improving rapidly; as, the slow growth of arts and sciences. 7. Heavy in wit; not alert, prompt, or spirited; wearisome; dull. [Colloq.] --Dickens. Thackeray. Note: Slow is often used in the formation of compounds for the most part self-explaining; as, slow-gaited, slow-paced, slow-sighted, slow-winged, and the like. {Slow coach}, a slow person. See def.7, above. [Colloq.] {Slow lemur}, or {Slow loris} (Zo["o]l.), an East Indian nocturnal lemurine animal ({Nycticebus tardigradus}) about the size of a small cat; -- so called from its slow and deliberate movements. It has very large round eyes and is without a tail. Called also {bashful Billy}. {Slow match}. See under {Match}. Syn: Dilatory; late; lingering; tardy; sluggish; dull; inactive. Usage: {Slow}, {Tardy}, {Dilatory}. Slow is the wider term, denoting either a want of rapid motion or inertness of intellect. Dilatory signifies a proneness to defer, a habit of delaying the performance of what we know must be done. Tardy denotes the habit of being behind hand; as, tardy in making up one's acounts.
\Slow\, adv. Slowly. Let him have time to mark how slow time goes In time of sorrow. --Shak.
\Slow\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Slowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slowing}.] To render slow; to slacken the speed of; to retard; to delay; as, to slow a steamer. --Shak.
\Slow\, v. i. To go slower; -- often with up; as, the train slowed up before crossing the bridge.
\Slow\, n. A moth. [Obs.] --Rom. of R.

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