slow

adjective
\ ˈslō How to pronounce slow (audio) \

Definition of slow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : mentally dull : stupid a slow student
b : naturally inert or sluggish
2a : lacking in readiness, promptness, or willingness
b : not hasty or precipitate was slow to anger
3a : moving, flowing, or proceeding without speed or at less than usual speed traffic was slow
b : exhibiting or marked by low speed he moved with slow deliberation
c : not acute a slow disease
d : low, gentle slow fire
4 : requiring a long time : gradual a slow recovery
5 : having qualities that hinder rapid progress or action a slow track
6a : registering behind or below what is correct the clock is slow
b : less than the time indicated by another method of reckoning
c : that is behind the time at a specified time or place
7a : lacking in life, animation, or gaiety : boring the first chapter is a bit slow
b : marked by reduced activity business was slow a slow news week

slow

adverb

Definition of slow (Entry 2 of 3)

: slowly

slow

verb
slowed; slowing; slows

Definition of slow (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make slow or slower : slacken the speed of slow a car often used with down or up

intransitive verb

: to go or become slower production of new cars slowed sharply

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Other Words from slow

Adjective

slowish \ ˈslō-​ish How to pronounce slowish (audio) \ adjective
slowness noun

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Verb

delay, retard, slow, slacken, detain mean to cause to be late or behind in movement or progress. delay implies a holding back, usually by interference, from completion or arrival. bad weather delayed our arrival retard suggests reduction of speed without actual stopping. language barriers retarded their progress slow and slacken also imply a reduction of speed, slow often suggesting deliberate intention medication slowed the patient's heart rate , slacken an easing up or relaxing of power or effort. on hot days runners slacken their pace detain implies a holding back beyond a reasonable or appointed time. unexpected business had detained her

Slow vs. Slowly: Usage Guide

Adverb

Some commentators claim that careful writers avoid the adverb slow, in spite of the fact that it has had over four centuries of usage. have a continent forbearance till the speed of his rage goes slower — William Shakespeare In actual practice, slow and slowly are not used in quite the same way. Slow is almost always used with verbs that denote movement or action, and it regularly follows the verb it modifies. beans … are best cooked long and slow — Louise Prothro Slowly is used before the verb a sense of outrage, which slowly changed to shame — Paul Horgan and with participial adjectives. a slowly dawning awareness … of the problem Amer. Labor Slowly is used after verbs where slow might also be used burn slow or slowly and after verbs where slow would be unidiomatic. the leadership turned slowly toward bombing as a means of striking back — David Halberstam

Examples of slow in a Sentence

Adjective

The buyers were slow to act, and the house was sold to someone else. He was a quiet boy who seldom spoke, and some people thought he was a little slow. Business is slow during the summer. The first few chapters are slow, but after that it gets better.

Adverb

My computer is working slow. you need to go slow with this experiment, or you'll make mistakes

Verb

The car slowed and gradually came to a stop. The extra weight slowed the truck.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The slow cooker is the slow, all day method and the pressure cooker is the fast method. Washington Post, "Got a haul of apples for fall? Here’s what to do with them," 10 Sep. 2019 Economic growth is slow, and the gap between rich and poor is vast. The Economist, "Xenophobic violence flares in South Africa," 9 Sep. 2019 The slow, easy, invariably honest and never condescending words that come out of his mouth, and the way Hanks invites you into Rogers’ odd but convincing world, provide the film’s greatest pleasures. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 The rollout of Android apps on Chromebooks has been slow, and not all Android apps are optimized for the large screens and full keyboards of Chromebooks yet. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: How to buy a Chromebook, plus our best picks," 7 Sep. 2019 Baseball and soccer move too slow, and basketball and hockey too fast, for any fan to set a logical drinking pace. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Where to watch Ravens (or your favorite NFL team) play in Baltimore," 6 Sep. 2019 The Dutch duo of Emiel van den Dungen and Raynor de Groot cull inspiration from South American, Caribbean and African music to create house grooves that are slow, psychedelic and as balmy as a run through the rainforest. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard Dance Emerging Artists: September 2019," 5 Sep. 2019 Its Internet Essentials program includes Internet service with a maximum speed of 15 megabits per second — relatively slow, but ample for doing an online quiz or streaming a training video. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "Back to school: Internet access is essential these days, and yes, there are affordable options," 3 Sep. 2019 Adding to that problem is Dorian's slow, almost snail-like pace. Seth Borenstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cutting it close: Florida’s fate may be a matter of miles," 2 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

However, the majority of the Bahamas were untouched by the strong, slow-moving hurricane. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Want to help the Bahamas recover from Hurricane Dorian? Visit its popular islands," 10 Sep. 2019 But airlines complain that the US industry leader, Sabre, is opaque, frustrating, and sometimes slow-moving. Wired, "Why the Feds Want to Block a Flight-Booking Software Deal," 4 Sep. 2019 Before securing this apartment, the young family had spent four months living in Tijuana’s Casa del Migrante shelter while waiting for their number to be called from the notoriously slow-moving list to claim asylum in the United States. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Remain in Mexico: Tijuana rent scams target asylum seekers," 26 Aug. 2019 This season the chic athleisure company drew inspiration from the Sacred Glacier, a slow-moving ice mass somewhere in the Nunavut Territory. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Moose Knuckles Latest Fall Campaign Features Dennis Rodman," 22 Aug. 2019 It’s more of a slow-moving dark ride that will take visitors through some massive themed rooms and even past two gigantic AT-ATs. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "New video shows off Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World," 15 Aug. 2019 Officials in Italy are sick of slow-moving tourists looking for a place to sit on public monuments. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Could Be Fined $450 for Sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps," 8 Aug. 2019 Officials confirmed to NBC News that the raids had begun but that the pace had started slow. Daniella Silva, NBC News, "ICE arrests 35 in operation targeting 2,000 migrants with deportation orders," 23 July 2019 Washington’s shallow faults are the result of a kind of slow-moving tectonic train wreck. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Friday earthquakes on a crustal fault show it’s not only the ‘Big One’ we should fear," 13 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Four years on, the growth of gravitational-wave astronomy shows no signs of slowing. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "The Gravitational-Wave “Revolution” Is Underway," 12 Sep. 2019 Senior DEs Alton Robinson and Kendall Coleman logged 10 sacks apiece in 2018 and will need to make life difficult for Lawrence if the Orange are to have any hope of slowing Clemson's offensive attack. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Can Syracuse Re-Capture Past Magic vs. Clemson Amid Disappointing Start to 2019?," 12 Sep. 2019 And the retro trend shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon… on TV at least. Paula Bernstein, Fortune, "Behind the ’80s TV Comeback: From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘GLOW’," 11 Sep. 2019 Andreescu is showing no signs of slowing down and putting her power game on full display. Washington Post, "In U.S. Open final, Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams, and history, and the crowd," 7 Sep. 2019 Perhaps most worrisome for Alabama are signs of slowing activity in auto manufacturing. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Recession fears: What could it mean for Alabama manufacturing?," 6 Sep. 2019 The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo hasn't shown signs of slowing down despite new treatments and vaccines given to more than 200,000 people in the region and the use of two therapeutic treatments being used as part of a clinical trial. NBC News, "Girl with Ebola entering Uganda from Congo," 30 Aug. 2019 Home prices in the U.S. rose by 3.1 percent in June, marking the 15th consecutive month of slowing home price appreciation. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Denver’s home price gains slow, edging closer to U.S. average," 28 Aug. 2019 The Grammy-winning fiddler, songwriter and founding member of San Diego’s own Nickel Creek has parlayed her affinity for artistic diversity into an already 30-year career that shows no signs of slowing down. San Diego Union-Tribune, "9 things to do in San Diego this weekend: San Diego Spirits Festival, ‘Black Life’ exhibit, Symphony at Salk," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of slow

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1557, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for slow

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English slāw; akin to Old High German slēo dull

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The first known use of slow was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for slow

slow

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of slow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: not moving quickly : not able to move quickly
: not happening quickly : taking more time than is expected or wanted
: not operating quickly

slow

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of slow (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a slow way or at a low speed

slow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slow (Entry 3 of 3)

: to begin to move at a lower speed
: to make (something, such as a car) move at a lower speed
: to become slower

slow

adjective
\ ˈslō How to pronounce slow (audio) \
slower; slowest

Kids Definition of slow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : moving, flowing, or going at less than the usual speed slow music Traffic was slow.
2 : taking more time than is expected or desired We had a slow start on the project.
3 : not as smart or as quick to understand as most people
4 : not active Business was slow.
5 : indicating less than is correct My watch is five minutes slow.
6 : not easily aroused or excited Grandmother is slow to anger.

Other Words from slow

slowly adverb
slowness noun

slow

verb
slowed; slowing

Kids Definition of slow (Entry 2 of 3)

: to go or make go less than the usual speed The car slowed around the corner. The heavy load slowed the wagon.

slow

adverb
slower; slowest

Kids Definition of slow (Entry 3 of 3)

: in a slow way Can you talk slower?

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