slaken

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slaken

  1. Obsolete spelling of slacken
    • 1914, Charles Warren Stoddard, Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska[1]:
      I was glad when we were very politely invited to get out of the train and walk a plank over a puddle that for a moment submerged the track; glad when we were advised to foot it over a trestle-bridge that sagged in the swift current of a swollen stream; and gladder still when our locomotive began to puff and blow and slaken its pace as we climbed up into the mouth of a ravine fragrant with the warm scents of summer--albeit we could boast but a solitary brace of cars, and these small ones, and not overcrowded at that.
    • 1901, Charles Kingsley, Two Years Ago, Volume I[2]:
      And so she swept in, with her arm round Lucia's waist; while Elsley stood looking after her, well enough satisfied with her reception of him, and only hoping that the stream of words would slaken after a while. "