Slake meaning

slāk
To undergo a slaking process; crumble or disintegrate, as lime.
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To combine (lime) chemically with water or moist air.
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To allay or make (thirst, desire, etc.) less active or intense by satisfying; assuage; satisfy.
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To produce a chemical change in (lime) by combination with water.

Slaked lime is calcium hydroxide.

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(obs.) To lessen, reduce, or relieve.
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(obs.) To lessen the tension of.
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To become slaked.
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To satisfy (thirst, or other desires); to quench; to extinguish. [from 14th c.]
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To cool (something) with water or another liquid. [from 14th c.]
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(intransitive) To become mixed with water, so that a true chemical combination takes place.

The lime slakes.

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To mix with water, so that a true chemical combination takes place.

To slake lime.

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To cause (a fire) to die down or go out.
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Origin of slake

  • Middle English slaken to abate from Old English slacian from slæc slack, sluggish slack1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English slaken (“to render slack, to slake"), from Old English sleacian, from sleac (“slack").

    From Wiktionary