Slacken vs Relax - What's the difference?
In lang=en terms the difference between slacken and relax
is that slacken
is to make slack, less taut, or less intense while relax
is to relieve (something) from stress.
As verbs the difference between slacken and relax
is that slacken
is to gradually decrease in intensity or tautness; to become slack while relax
is to calm down.
To gradually decrease in intensity or tautness; to become slack.
* 1900 , , The House Behind the Cedars , Chapter I,
- The pace slackened .
* 1908 ,
- During this interlude, Warwick, though he had slackened his pace measurably, had so nearly closed the gap between himself and them as to hear the old woman say, with the dulcet negro intonation:...
To make slack, less taut, or less intense.
* 1986 , Mari Sandoz, The Horsecatcher?
- He seemed tired, and the Rat let him rest unquestioned, understanding something of what was in his thoughts; knowing, too, the value all animals attach at times to mere silent companionship, when the weary muscles slacken and the mind marks time.
To deprive of cohesion by combining chemically with water; to slake.
- Elk slackened the rope so he could walk farther away, and together they went awkwardly up the trail toward the grassy little flat...
- to slack lime
To calm down.
To make something loose.
- to relax''' a rope or cord; to '''relax the muscles or sinews
To become loose.
To make something less severe or tense.
- Horror all his joints relaxed .
To become less severe or tense.
To make something (such as codes and regulations) more lenient.
* Jonathan Swift
- to relax''' discipline; to '''relax one's attention or endeavours
- The stature of mortmain was at several times relaxed by the legislature.
, author=Edward Corwin
, title=The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation
, chapter=Section 2. Jurisdiction
, passage=The Court rejected the contention that the doctrine of sovereign immunity should be relaxed as inapplicable to suits for specific relief as distinguished from damage suits, saying: "The Government, as representative of the community as a whole, cannot be stopped in its tracks by any plaintiff who presents a disputed question of property or contract right."}}
(of codes and regulations) To become more lenient.
To relieve (something) from stress.
(dated) To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open.
- Amusement relaxes the mind.
- An aperient relaxes the bowels.
* stress, excite