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Meaning of SLOW

Pronunciation:  slow

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  1. [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")
  2. [adv]  of timepieces; "the clock is almost an hour slow"; "my watch is running behind"
  3. [adj]  (of business) not active or brisk; "business is dull (or slow)"; "a sluggish market"
  4. [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"
  5. [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"
  6. [adj]  (music) at a slow tempo; "the band played a slow waltz"
  7. [adj]  (used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time; "the clock is slow"
  8. [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"
  9. [v]  lose velocity; move more slowly; "The car decelerated"
  10. [v]  become slow or slower; "Production slowed"
  11. [v]  cause to proceed more slowly; "The illness slowed him down"

SLOW is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: 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
 Antonyms: accelerate, apace, chop-chop, fast, quicken, quickly, rapidly, speed, speed up, speedily
 See Also: bog, bog down, clog, constipate, delay, delayed, detain, gradual, hold up, slow, unhurried, weaken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Slow\, obs.
    imp. of {Slee}, to slay. Slew. --Chaucer.
  2. \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.
    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.
    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;
    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.
  3. \Slow\, adv.
          Let him have time to mark how slow time goes In time of
          sorrow.                                  --Shak.
  4. \Slow\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Slowed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To render slow; to slacken the speed of; to retard; to delay;
    as, to slow a steamer. --Shak.
  5. \Slow\, v. i.
    To go slower; -- often with up; as, the train slowed up
    before crossing the bridge.
  6. \Slow\, n.
    A moth. [Obs.] --Rom. of R.