- 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.
- a slow train
- Not happening in a short time; spread over a comparatively long time.
- These changes in the heavens, though slow, produced Like change on sea and land, sidereal blast. --Milton
- Of reduced intellectual capacity; not quick to comprehend.
- John is very slow; he is ten seconds behind everybody else when it comes to math.
- Not hasty; not precipitate; lacking in promptness; acting with deliberation.
- He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding. --Prov. xiv. 29.
- (of a clock or the like) Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time.
- That clock is slow.
- (computing, of a piece of hardware) That takes a long time to transfer data.
- Lacking spirit; deficient in liveliness or briskness.
- (of a period of time) Not busy; lacking activity.
- It was a slow news day, so the editor asked us to make our articles wordier.
- I'm just sitting here with a desk of cards, enjoying a slow afternoon.
- See also Thesaurus:slow
- (taking a long time to move a short distance): deliberate; moderate
- (not happening in a short time): gradual
- (of reduced intellectual capacity): dull-witted
- (acting with deliberation): dilatory, inactive, tardy, slothful, sluggish
- (lacking spirit): boring, dull
- (taking a long time to move a short distance): fast, quick, rapid, swift
- (of reduced intellectual capacity): prompt, quick
- (acting with deliberation): hasty, precipitate, prompt
- (lacking spirit): brisk, lively
- (transitive) To make (something) run, move, etc. less quickly; to reduce the speed of.
- (transitive) To keep from going quickly; to hinder the progress of.
- (intransitive) To become slow; to slacken in speed; to decelerate.
- (rare) Slowly (usually in combinations).
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- (UK) IPA: /sləʊ/, SAMPA: /sl@U/
- (US) IPA: /sloʊ/, SAMPA: /sloU/
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- Rhymes: -əʊ
Slow m. (plural Slows)