Definition of Slow

1. Verb. Lose velocity; move more slowly. "The car decelerated"

Exact synonyms: Decelerate, Retard, Slow Down, Slow Up
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Diminish, Fall, Lessen
Specialized synonyms: Slow Down, Slow Up, Delay, Detain, Hold Up
Antonyms: Accelerate
Derivative terms: Deceleration, Retardation, Retardation, Slowing, Slowdown

2. Adjective. Not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time. "Slow but steady growth"

3. Adverb. Without speed ('slow' is sometimes used informally for 'slowly'). "Please go slow so I can see the sights"
Exact synonyms: Easy, Slowly, Tardily
Language type: Colloquialism
Antonyms: Quickly

4. Verb. Become slow or slower. "Production slowed"
Exact synonyms: Slack, Slacken, Slow Down, Slow Up
Generic synonyms: Weaken
Derivative terms: Slack, Slowing, Slowdown

5. Adjective. At a slow tempo. "The band played a slow waltz"
Category relationships: Music
Similar to: Adagio, Andante, Lento, Lentissimo, Largo, Larghetto, Larghissimo, Moderato
Antonyms: Fast
Derivative terms: Slowness

6. Adverb. Of timepieces. "My watch is running behind"
Exact synonyms: Behind

7. Verb. Cause to proceed more slowly. "The illness slowed him down"
Exact synonyms: Slow Down, Slow Up
Specialized synonyms: Bog, Bog Down, Clog, Constipate
Generic synonyms: Decelerate, Retard, Slow Down, Slow Up
Derivative terms: Slowdown

8. Adjective. Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity. "Worked with the slow students"
Exact synonyms: Dense, Dim, Dull, Dumb, Obtuse
Similar to: Stupid
Derivative terms: Denseness, Dullness, Dumbness, Obtuseness, Slowness, Slowness

9. Adjective. (used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time. "The clock is slow"
Antonyms: Fast

10. Adjective. So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness. "Other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"

11. Adjective. (of business) not active or brisk. "A sluggish market"
Exact synonyms: Dull, Sluggish
Category relationships: Business, Business Enterprise, Commercial Enterprise
Similar to: Inactive
Derivative terms: Sluggishness

Definition of Slow

1. imp. Slew.

2. a. 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.

3. adv. Slowly.

4. v. t. To render slow; to slacken the speed of; to retard; to delay; as, to slow a steamer.

5. v. i. To go slower; -- often with up; as, the train slowed up before crossing the bridge.

6. n. A moth.

Definition of Slow

1. Adjective. Taking a long time to move or go a short distance, or to perform an action; not quick in motion; proceeding at a low speed. ¹

2. Adjective. Not happening in a short time; spread over a comparatively long time. ¹

3. Adjective. Of reduced intellectual capacity; not quick to comprehend. ¹

4. Adjective. Not hasty; not precipitate; lacking in promptness; acting with deliberation. ¹

5. Adjective. (context: of a clock or the like) Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time. ¹

6. Adjective. (computing of a piece of hardware) That takes a long time to transfer data. ¹

7. Adjective. Lacking spirit; deficient in liveliness or briskness. ¹

8. Adjective. (context: of a period of time) Not busy; lacking activity. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To make (something) run, move, etc. less quickly; to reduce the speed of. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To keep from going quickly; to hinder the progress of. ¹

11. Verb. (intransitive) To become slow; to slacken in speed; to decelerate. ¹

12. Noun. Someone who is slow; a sluggard. ¹

13. Noun. (music) A slow song. ¹

14. Adverb. Slowly. ¹

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Definition of Slow

1. moving with little speed [adj SLOWER, SLOWEST] / to lessen the speed of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Slow

1. To go slower; often with up; as, the train slowed up before crossing the bridge. 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." (Milton) 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. 29) 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. 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. Slow lemur, or Slow loris, 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 Match. Synonym: Dilatory, late, lingering, tardy, sluggish, dull, inactive. 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. Origin: OE. Slow, slaw, AS. Slaw; akin to OS. Slu blunt, dull, D. Sleeuw, slee, sour, OHG. Slo blunt, dull, Icel. Slr, slr, Dan. Slov, Sw. Slo. Cf. Sloe, and Sloth. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Slow

slovenly person
slovenly woman
slow (current term)
slow-reacting factor of anaphylaxis
slow-reacting substance
slow as a snail
slow ball
slow bowler
slow burn

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