v. slaked, slak·ing, slakes
a. To satisfy (a craving); quench: slaked her thirst.
b. Archaic To lessen the force or intensity of; moderate: slaking his anger.
2. To combine (lime) chemically with water or moist air.
To undergo a slaking process; crumble or disintegrate, as lime.
[Middle English slaken, to abate, from Old English slacian, from slæc, slack, sluggish; see SLACK1.]
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