Slake Slake, v. i. 1. To go out; to become extinct. ``His flame did slake.'' --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

2. To abate; to become less decided. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To slacken; to become relaxed. ``When the body's strongest sinews slake.'' [R.] --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]

4. To become mixed with water, so that a true chemical combination takes place; as, the lime slakes. [1913 Webster]

{Slake trough}, a trough containing water in which a blacksmith cools a forging or tool. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Slake — Slake, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Slaked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slaking}.] [OE. slaken to render slack, to slake, AS. sleacian, fr. sleac slack. See {Slack}, v. & a.] 1. To allay; to quench; to extinguish; as, to slake thirst. And slake the heavenly fire.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • slake — slake·less; slake; slake·able; …   English syllables

  • slake — index allay, assuage, satisfy (fulfill), soothe Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • slake — (v.) O.E. slacian slacken an effort, from slæc lax (see SLACK (Cf. slack)). Sense of allay (in reference to thirst, hunger, desire) first recorded early 14c. Related: Slaked; slaking …   Etymology dictionary

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  • slake — [slāk] vt. slaked, slaking [ME slakien < OE slacian < slæc, SLACK1] 1. to allay or make (thirst, desire, etc.) less active or intense by satisfying; assuage; satisfy 2. to cause (a fire) to die down or go out 3. to produce a chemical change …   English World dictionary

  • slake — UK [sleɪk] / US verb [transitive] Word forms slake : present tense I/you/we/they slake he/she/it slakes present participle slaking past tense slaked past participle slaked mainly literary to make someone happy by giving them what they want or… …   English dictionary

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