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Slake vs Slaken - What's the difference?

slake | slaken |

As verbs the difference between slake and slaken

is that slake is of a person: to become less energetic, to slacken in one's efforts while slaken is obsolete spelling of slacken.

slake

English

Verb

(slak)
  • *Sir (c.1569-1626)
  • *:When the body's strongest sinews slake .
  • *:
  • *:wherfor the quene waxed wroth with sir Launcelot / and vpon a day she called sir launcelot vnto her chamber and saide thus / Sir launcelot I see and fele dayly that thy loue begynneth to slake / for thou hast no Ioye to be in my presence / but euer thou arte oute of thys Courte
  • To go out; to become extinct.
  • *(Thomas Browne) (1605-1682)
  • *:His flame did slake .
  • (label) To satisfy (thirst, or other desires); to quench; to extinguish.
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  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:It could not slake mine ire nor ease my heart.
  • *(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • *:slake the heavenly fire
  • (label) To cool (something) with water or another liquid.
  • *1961 , (Lawrence Durrell), , p.14:
  • *:Notes for landscape tones. Long sequences of tempera. Light filtered through the essence of lemons. An air full of brick-dust - sweet smelling brick dust and the odour of hot pavements slaked with water.
  • (label) To become mixed with water, so that a true chemical combination takes place.
  • :
  • (label) To mix with water, so that a true chemical combination takes place.
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  • Derived terms

    * slaked * slake trough

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    slaken

    English

    Verb

    (head)
  • * {{quote-book, year=1914, author=Charles Warren Stoddard, title=Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=I was glad when we were very politely invited to get out of the train and walk a plank over a puddle that for a moment submerged the track; glad when we were advised to foot it over a trestle-bridge that sagged in the swift current of a swollen stream; and gladder still when our locomotive began to puff and blow and slaken its pace as we climbed up into the mouth of a ravine fragrant with the warm scents of summer--albeit we could boast but a solitary brace of cars, and these small ones, and not overcrowded at that. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1901, author=Charles Kingsley, title=Two Years Ago, Volume I, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=And so she swept in, with her arm round Lucia's waist; while Elsley stood looking after her, well enough satisfied with her reception of him, and only hoping that the stream of words would slaken after a while. " }}