Adjective "Slow" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Moving or operating, or designed to do so, only at a low speed; not quick or fast.
  1. 'a slow dot-matrix printer'
  2. 'No more waiting for slow websites with internet speeds up to 10 times faster than a normal 56k service.'
  3. 'My speed was so slow that bicycles were actually overtaking me.'
  4. 'So it seems to me that the alert system was a little slow in operating.'
  5. 'Motorbikes in the summer are the worst for speed and caravans create long lines of very slow moving traffic.'
  6. 'A lorry driver, stopped because of his slow speed, was found to be more than two-and-a-half times the legal alcohol limit, a court heard.'
  7. 'It was especially difficult because of the slow speed at which the criminal justice system operated.'
  8. 'That United weren't streets ahead by half-time was down to their slow, slow, quick, quick, slow approach in the opening period.'
  9. 'And if the heart rate gets too slow, it will speed it up like a pacemaker.'
  10. 'It made short quick movements then proceeded at a 90 degrees from the original movement at a slow speed.'
  11. 'The term passing lanes implies that the road is divided into slow and fast moving traffic lanes.'
  12. with infinitive 'large organizations can be slow to change'
  13. 'On the initial attempts, it is helpful for the swimmer to perform long, slow strokes and a long side kick while getting a breath.'
  14. 'Still, transactions were delayed, data was missing and system performance was slow.'
  15. 'For full effect and for safety, flyes must be performed in a slow and controlled manner.'
  16. 'Saying this, James loosed a volley from all of his guns while performing a slow barrel roll.'
  17. 'Performance is somewhat slow, but this is not unusual for filters doing complex calculations.'
  18. 'This was important for his original readers in a country slow to catch musical tastes from elsewhere.'
  19. 'The story of the Prudential has stopped being one of irritating slow performance and become something much more important.'
  20. 'Users can continue to use the web-based file upload utility gratis, but this can be slow, reader Helen Cain points out.'
  21. 'The autonomic function tests were performed as in the slow breathing group and the values were recorded before and after the study.'
  22. 'The parallel port interface of our media card reader was too slow.'
  23. 'the journey home was slow'
  24. 'As you can imagine, it was a lot of waiting and a lot of anxious moments, but it was a very slow and deliberate process.'
  25. 'Technically South and North Korea are still at war, but Kim Dae Jung's achievement has been a slow process of reconciliation.'
  26. 'Well I don't know what sort of speedy trial law they have in Texas, but the legal process is inevitably slow.'
  27. 'I don't remember it happening all at once - it must have been a slow process, like ice breaking away from a glacier.'
  28. 'So I fired up the computer, pulled the blind against the fading sky, and settled down to a slow, steady effort.'
  29. 'For Mukherjee, the journey to becoming an American was a slow process.'
  30. 'It takes a long, slow process to build a brand name.'
  31. 'He has called for the council and police to work together and make travellers move on immediately from council land, as the current legal process is too slow.'
  32. 'Much of the main building was covered by one of the collapsed walls, making a comprehensive search of the site a painstakingly slow process.'
  33. 'Scientists hope patients will adapt, though the learning process might be slow, like a child beginning to recognise shapes and colours.'
  34. '‘Everything is progressing well but it is a slow process,’ he explained.'
  35. 'Actually, there is, but it's a slow, long process, which needs a great deal of will and a huge amount of effort from pivotal people in both groups.'
  36. 'To create a show of this nature is a slow and steady process of workshopping and experiment.'
  37. 'Changing behavior, as we are well aware, is a very slow process.'
  38. 'A number of experimenters and sanitation facilities have been extracting gas from sewage for years now, but it's diluted so much that the process is slow.'
  39. 'The grieving process is typically slow, gradually winding along until it eventually lessens.'
  40. 'The process of deterioration is slow, but steady - the kind of food that is consumed being the culprit.'
  41. 'the slow lane'
  42. 'The cool water and slow pace of travel will make it much more pleasant.'
  43. 'Warren said that to flee the murder scene he drove a blue van from the fast lane on the Naas Road across a slow lane and into a slip road leading to the Boot Road.'
  44. 'Had I, in some inexplicable way, left my own town earlier than I intended, and really travelled in a slow train?'
  45. 'It was far away and traveling very slow (seven miles per hour); no need to worry now.'
  46. 'A second visit to Venice took place in the midst of the Thirty Years' War, when travel was slow and hazardous.'
  47. 'There are no other cars on the road and the truck drivers just chill in their slow lane and leave the fast one all to you.'
  48. 'They overcame grinding poverty, tremendous distances on slow transportation with no travel budgets.'
  49. 'The convoy had many days left of this slow travel ahead of it.'
  50. 'The other, who I know of old, remained in the slow lane.'
  51. 'Not only was travel difficult and slow in the eleventh century, he was also still Duke of Normandy and he had to return to Normandy to maintain his control of this land in France.'
  52. 'on a slow surface both sets of bowlers bowled straight'
  53. 'The batsmen just couldn't pick my slow looping balls, playing and missing regularly.'
  54. 'Pollock was also unfazed by the fact the Paarl pitch was likely to play slow, which would be to the Lankans' advantage.'
  55. 'Maybe a slow surface would have tested his fitness, a lot better.'
  56. 'Either table can be played with normal or slow balls, the latter intended to make the going easier for younger hands.'
  57. 'To me he is a natural sweeper, he reads the game well for a young player but at times he is too slow on the ball and a little languid.'
  58. 'In Jai-Alai you will hear people talk about live or dead balls and fast or slow balls.'
  59. 'Before the match his high watermark was 33, but he belted the fast men down the ground and slow bowlers square in a performance to embarrass his batsmen.'
  60. 'Muralitharan's brief cameo came to an end with a straight slow ball by Waqar to signal the end for the Lankans.'
  61. 'Indeed, slow neutrons often find their way into nuclei more efficiently than fast ones, much as a slow cricket ball is easier to catch.'
  62. 'Finally, Rosen hit a slow grounder toward Detroit third baseman Gerry Priddy and raced as hard as he could for first.'
(of a clock or watch) showing a time earlier than the correct time.
  1. 'The two files were saved on different dates, he said, because the computer's internal clock was slow and ticked over to midnight in between.'
  2. 'A slow clock and a bit of sun will metaphorically take the foot of the gas a bit.'
  3. 'Does it make sense to make a moral judgement on a deceitful person but not on a slow clock?'
  4. 'I was praying that the restaurant clock was slow and I wasn't a minute late.'
  5. 'We are a little late, and I notice the clock is four minutes slow anyway.'
Not prompt to understand, think, or learn.
  1. 'This is unfortunate because, as we have been slow to learn, the various sectors of health care are critically interdependent.'
  2. 'He was a little slow in understanding our request and we lamented in front of him that you couldn't get good hired help anymore.'
  3. 'His name is Mathicumus, and he is rather slow in the head, you know.'
  4. 'He was essentially a reactive politician, a late learner, slow to grasp the consequences of change.'
  5. 'Barrett was slow to learn the defense last season, but he's athletic, fearless and can play the ball.'
  6. 'Private tuitions are not allowed and slow learners are encouraged to come up instead of being condemned.'
  7. 'In truth, the sort of skills he's trying to introduce are more easily learnt by youngsters - mature rugby players can be slow learners.'
  8. 'Siobhan and her husband Eamonn, from Montenotte in Cork, realised something was wrong when their toddler was slow to learn to speak.'
  9. 'I was slow in learning the skills and my legs and back soon started to ache.'
  10. 'Our human minds are slow to understand the awful wickedness of idol worship.'
  11. 'The boys get out to a lead with Scout again holding the girls back with her old body and mind just to damn slow for winning challenges.'
Uneventful and rather dull.
  1. 'Her right foot moved first, then her left, alternating in a rather boring and slow way.'
  2. 'This game had all the ingredients of the banal and wonderful as it slipped from dull slow football to edge of the seat stuff.'
  3. 'I recognise that this has been a rather slow and dull debate to this point.'
  4. 'He answered all the questions that were put to him in his slow and dull manner, using readymade and overcooked phrases.'
  5. 'So I needed something that wasn't so slow, dull or trivial.'
  6. 'In fact, since the plodding dreariness is usually broken by bouts of howling misery, the slow points come as rather a pleasant respite.'
  7. 'They are dull, slow, sober and fearful characters with a weak pulse and a cowardly, slothful disposition.'
  8. 'And soon breakfast and the beautiful fact that Thomas is slow, quiet and dull in the mornings.'
  9. 'I know several IT managers who are neither dull, slow nor reactive.'
  10. 'It is a long film at 132 minutes, but the story does not feel slow or dull at any point.'
  11. 'sales were slow'
  12. 'I asked if they were mad at me, and they said I drove people to and from the airport like a champ, but that business was slow.'
  13. 'Reyes knew his life savings wouldn't last long - especially since business was slow in taking off.'
  14. 'Fitness vacations were still an anomaly, and business was slow at first.'
  15. 'There are plenty of bars in the park but business is slow.'
  16. 'After a long struggle to secure a location on campus, the farmers' market has been plagued with slow business and advertising woes.'
  17. 'Since it is the night shift and business is usually slow during those hours, you will be working alone.'
  18. 'Suppose, for example, that you own a small job shop, and business is slow.'
  19. 'He works in the Continental Shoemakers' factory and sneaks away to write poetry when business is slow.'
  20. 'I feel kind of hungover and toward the end of the year, business is slow.'
  21. 'Back in the private area, as we waited for a new song to begin, I asked if business was slow.'
(of a film) needing long exposure.
  1. 'My film was too slow, and I didn't get any good pictures.'
  2. 'I switched my flashguns off and held my camera steady for a slow shutter exposure.'
(of a fire or oven) burning or giving off heat gently.
  1. 'Lau, who has over 20 years of experience as a chef, said each soup is simmered on a slow fire for more than 10 hours.'
  2. 'Roast chicken legs in a slow oven until the flesh falls off the bone when pressed.'
  3. 'The ingredients were placed in a large cauldron and cooked over a slow fire for a whole afternoon until it turned into a pot of delicious soup.'
  4. 'Put all the above ingredients in a large utensil and stir on slow fire for two to three hours.'
  5. 'Rice, meat, and vegetables are placed in huge containers covered with hot charcoals and heated by slow fire underneath.'
  6. 'Add the other two ingredients and boil on a slow fire until soft.'
  7. 'Roast one sweet potato with the skin in a slow oven until the potato is soft.'
  8. 'The cheek is cooked in a very slow oven all afternoon, then served on a risotto of carnaroli rice studded with the nuggets of baby cow.'
  9. 'After being boiled on slow fire for 24 hours, the soup was heavy and tasty, with nothing added but a secret combination of herbs.'
  10. 'Boil milk and fry vermicelli in remaining clarified butter gently on slow heat till golden brown.'


At a slow pace; slowly.
  1. in combination 'a slow-moving river'
  2. 'Mexico said that the great delays that had arisen in this matter were the result of the slow-paced justice in the courts.'
  3. 'Starting slow and slowly speeding up, T.'s freestyle was almost splash-less.'
  4. 'Palmer, meanwhile, is moving slow and cautiously through the city looking for a safe location where he can hide.'
  5. 'Traffic was slow-paced with incidences of minor accidents.'
  6. 'Chris moved over to Jimmy slow and cat-like, grabbing him by the chin and studying him for a moment.'
  7. 'She hadn't dated much, so we were moving really slow compared to what I was used to.'


Reduce one's speed or the speed of a vehicle or process.
  1. 'investment has slowed down'
  2. 'She declined, pulled up the door lock on her side and, as the car slowed, scrambled out.'
  3. 'The car's slowing and I gulp in horror as it stops, right beside the bush I'm hidden behind.'
  4. 'I knocked it out and jumped out as the vehicle was slowing in traffic.'
  5. 'As the car slowed outside the hotel, mum pointed it out to dad, saying that we had stayed there the last time.'
  6. 'The last surveillance car was calling out the last few moves, the target car was slowing, it stopped.'
  7. 'Cars slowing and turning into the nursery's car park would slow traffic on Leeds Road'
  8. 'One of the minders gives a warning shout, and moments later, a police cruiser slows to a halt at the compound gate.'
  9. 'His motorbike is believed to have collided with the rear of two cars that had slowed so a third could turn into a farm.'
  10. 'He stirs himself as the train slows, ready to catch up with her.'
  11. 'If anyone cuts in front of you, the car slows to the pre-set safe distance then speeds up again once the vehicle moves out of the way.'
  12. 'I wasn't feeling well and had to slow down'
  13. 'It slows down the good employers and ignores the bad he says.'
  14. 'They start a chemical reaction in your brain - they tell you to slow down and relax.'
  15. 'Don't ask for opinions from the participants - it slows up the process.'
  16. 'Jo told me it is important to keep active to slow down the progression of my condition.'
  17. 'And lot of people are sort of afraid to put more money on the table which slows down growth.'


1. moving or proceeding with little or less than usual speed or velocity: a slow train.

2. characterized by lack of speed: a slow pace.

3. taking or requiring a comparatively long time for completion: a slow meal; a slow trip.

4. requiring or taking a long time for growing, changing, or occurring; gradual: a plant of slow growth.

5. sluggish in nature, disposition, or function.

6. dull of perception or understanding; mentally dull: a slow child.

More examples(as adjective)

"dates can be slow in areas."

"dates can be slow in/at/on dates."

"tradings can be slow in/at/on todays."

"trades can be slow in/at/on todays."

"growths can be slow in places."

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Old English slāw ‘slow-witted, sluggish’, of Germanic origin.


slow but (or and) sure