Slack vs. Taut

Slack vs. Taut — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Slack and Taut

Slackadjective

Not tense or taut; loose

a slack rope.slack muscles.

Tautadjective

Pulled or drawn tight; not slack.

Slackadjective

Lacking in activity; not busy

a slack season for the travel business.

Tautadjective

Flexed or not loose

taut muscles.

Slackadjective

Moving slowly; sluggish

a slack pace.

Tautadjective

Strained or tense

taut nerves.

Slackadjective

Lacking in diligence or due care or concern; negligent

a slack worker.

Tautadjective

Kept in good order; trim

a taut ship.

Slackadjective

Flowing or blowing with little speed

a slack current.slack winds.

Tautadjective

Marked by the efficient, sparing, or concise use of something, such as language or detail

a taut movie script.

Slackadjective

(Linguistics) Pronounced with the muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed; lax.

Tautadjective

Tight; under tension, as it were a rope or bow string.

Slackverb

To make looser or less taut

slacked the sail.

Tautadjective

(figuratively) Experiencing stress or anxiety.

Slackverb

To make slower

slacked our pace.

Tautadjective

Containing only relevant parts, brief and controlled.

Slackverb

To be careless or remiss in doing

slack one's duty.

Tautadjective

(oenology) Strong; uncompromising.

Slackverb

To slake (lime).

Tautadjective

pulled or drawn tight;

taut sailsa tight drumheada tight rope

Slackverb

To be or become slack.

Tautadjective

subjected to great tension; stretched tight;

the skin of his face looked drawn and tighther nerves were taut as the strings of a bow

Slackverb

To be inactive or avoid work

slacked around the house all day.

Slacknoun

A loose part, as of a rope or sail

hauled in the slack.

Slacknoun

A period of little activity; a lull

a slack in business.

Slacknoun

A cessation of movement in a current of air or water.

Slacknoun

An area of still water.

Slacknoun

Unused capacity

still some slack in the economy.

Slacknoun

slacks Casual pants that are not part of a suit.

Slacknoun

A mixture of coal fragments, coal dust, and dirt that remains after screening coal.

Slacknoun

A small dell or hollow.

Slacknoun

A bog; a morass.

Slackadverb

In a slack manner

a banner hanging slack.

Slacknoun

(uncountable) Small coal; coal dust.

Slacknoun

(countable) A valley, or small, shallow dell.

Slacknoun

(uncountable) The part of anything that hangs loose, having no strain upon it.

the slack of a rope or of a sail

Slacknoun

(countable) A tidal marsh or shallow, that periodically fills and drains.

Slackadjective

Lax; not tense; not hard drawn; not firmly extended.

a slack rope

Slackadjective

Weak; not holding fast.

a slack hand

Slackadjective

Remiss; backward; not using due diligence or care; not earnest or eager.

slack in duty or service

Slackadjective

Not violent, rapid, or pressing.

Business is slack.

Slackadjective

vulgar; sexually explicit, especially in dancehall music

Slackadverb

Slackly.

slack dried hops

Slackverb

To slacken.

Slackverb

(obsolete) To mitigate; to reduce the strength of.

Slackverb

(followed by “off”) to procrastinate; to be lazy

Slackverb

(followed by “off”) to refuse to exert effort

Slackverb

To lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination with water; to slake.

Lime slacks.

Slacknoun

dust consisting of a mixture of small coal fragments and coal dust and dirt that sifts out when coal is passed over a sieve

Slacknoun

a noticeable deterioration in performance or quality;

the team went into a slumpa gradual slack in outputa drop-off in attendancea falloff in quality

Slacknoun

a stretch of water without current or movement;

suddenly they were in slack water

Slacknoun

the condition of being loose (not taut);

he hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope

Slacknoun

a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely;

he took up the slack

Slackverb

avoid responsibilities and work, be idle

Slackverb

be inattentive to, or neglect;

He slacks his attention

Slackverb

release tension on;

slack the rope

Slackverb

make less active or fast;

He slackened his pace as he got tiredDon't relax your efforts now

Slackverb

become slow or slower;

Production slowed

Slackverb

make less active or intense

Slackverb

become less in amount or intensity;

The storm abatedThe rain let up after a few hours

Slackverb

cause to heat and crumble by treatment with water;

slack lime

Slackadjective

not tense or taut;

the old man's skin hung loose and grayslack and wrinkled skinslack sailsa slack rope

Slackadjective

lacking in strength or firmness or resilience;

flaccid musclestook his lax hand in hersgave a limp handshakea limp gesture as if waving away all desire to knowa slack grip

Slackadjective

flowing with little speed as e.g. at the turning of the tide;

slack water

Slackadjective

lacking in rigor or strictness;

such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptablelax in attending classesslack in maintaining discipline