|1.||[ adjective ] not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time|
"a slow walker" "the slow lane of traffic" "her steps were slow" "he was slow in reacting to the news" "slow but steady growth"
|Related terms:||fast lazy sluggish bumper-to-bumper slow-moving drawling dragging dawdling long-play delayed gradual unhurried speed|
|2.||[ verb ] lose velocity; move more slowly|
|Synonyms:||slow_down decelerate retard slow_up|
"The car decelerated"
|Related terms:||accelerate decrease delay deceleration|
|3.||[ adjective ] (music) at a slow tempo|
"the band played a slow waltz"
|Related terms:||fast music lentissimo largo andante larghetto moderato larghissimo lento adagio|
|4.||[ adverb ] without speed|
|Synonyms:||slowly tardily easy|
"he spoke slowly" "go easy here--the road is slippery" "glaciers move tardily" (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly' as in "please go slow I want to see the sights")
|Related terms:||quickly colloquialism|
|5.||[ verb ] become slow or slower|
|Synonyms:||slacken slow_down slow_up slack|
|Related terms:||weaken slump|
|6.||[ verb ] cause to proceed more slowly|
"The illness slowed him down"
|Related terms:||decelerate bog_down clog slowdown|
|7.||[ adjective ] slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity|
|Synonyms:||dumb dull dim obtuse dense|
"so dense he never understands anything I say to him" "never met anyone quite so dim" "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray "dumb officials"
|8.||[ adjective ] so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness|
|Synonyms:||boring dull tedious wearisome irksome tiresome ho-hum deadening|
"a boring evening with uninteresting people" "the deadening effect of some routine tasks" "a dull play" "a ho-hum speaker" "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke
|9.||[ adverb ] of timepieces|
"the clock is almost an hour slow" "my watch is running behind"
|10.||[ adjective ] (used of timepieces) indicating a time earlier than the correct time|
"the clock is slow"
|11.||[ adjective ] (of business) not active or brisk|
"business is dull (or slow)" "a sluggish market"
|Related terms:||commercial_enterprise inactive|