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May hypocrites, That slily speak one thing, another think, Hateful as hell, pleas'd with the relish weak Drink on unwarn'd, till by inchanting cups Infatuate, they their wily thoughts disclose, And through intemperance grow a while sincere. . Philips. ;LIM. adv. [a cant word as it seems, and therefore not to be used.] Slender; thin of shape. * A thin slim-gutted fox made a hard shift to wriggle his body into a henroost; and when he had stuft his guts well, squeezed hard to get out again; but the hole was too little. range. I was jogged on the elbow by a slim young girl of seventeen. Addison.

SLIME. m. s. [rlim, Sax. sligm, Dut..] Vis. : cous mire; any glutinous substance.

The higher Nilus swells The more it promises: as it ebbs, the seedsman * Upon the slime and ooze scatters his grain. Shak. Brick for stone, and slime for mortar. Genesis God, out of his goodness, caused the wind to blow, to dry up the abundant slime and mud of the earth, and make the land more firm, and to cleanse the air of thick vapours and unwholesome - mists. Raleigh. Some plants grow unon the top of the sea, from some concretion of slime where the sun beateth hot, and the sea stirreth little. Bacon's Nat. Hist. And with asphaltick slime, broad as the gate, Deep to the roots of hell, the gather'd beach They fasten’d. Milton’s Par, Lost ow dragon grown; larger than whom the sun Engender'd in the Pythian vale on slime, Huge Python Milton's Par. Lost. O foul descent! I'm now constrain'd Into a beast, to mix with bestial slime, This essence to incarnate and imbrute.

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o My bended hook shall pierce * Their slimu jaws; and, as I draw them up, I'll think them every one an Antony. Shakesp. * Some lay in dead men's skulls; and in those holes, * Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept, * As 'twere in scorn of eyes, reflecting gems, That woo'd the slimy bottom of the deep, And mock'd the dead bones that lay scatter'd by. Shakesp. They have cobwebs about them, which is a sign * of a slimy dryness. Bacon. The rest are all by bad example led, o And in their father's slimu track they tread. Dryd. - Eels, for want of exercise, are fat and slimu. o Arbuthnot. * Shoals of slow house-bearing snails do creep O'er the ripe fruitage, paring slimy tracks ln the sleek rind. Philips. The swallow sweeps * The slimy pool to build his hanging house. Thoms.

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SLING. m. s. [rlingan, Sax. slingen, Dut.] 1. A missive weapon made by a strap and two strings; the stone is lodged in the strap, and thrown by loosing one of the strings. The arrow cannot make him flee : ": stones are turned with him into stubble. Job xli. 28. Dreads he the twanging of the archer's string? “Or singing stones from the Phoenician sling * Sandys. Slings have so much greater swiftness than a stone thrown from the hand, by how much the end of the sling is farther off from the shoulder-joint, the center of motion. Wilkins. The T.; Taid by the lance, and took him to the sling, Thrice whirl'd the thong around his head, and

threw The heated lead, half melted as it flew. Drud. ASn. Whirl’d from a sling, or from an engine thrown, Amidst the foes, as flies a mighty stone, So flew the beast. Dryden's Ovid.

2. A throw ; a stroke. At one sling Of thy victorious arm, well-pleasing son, Both sin and death, and yawning grave at last Through chaos hurl’d, obstruct the mouth '#'. attern. 3. A kind of hanging bandage, in which a wounded limb is sustained. To SLING. v. a. [from the noun.] 1. To throw by a sling. 2. To throw ; to cast. Not very proper. AEtna's entrails fraught with fire, That now casts out dark fumes and pitchy clouds, Incens'd, or tears up mountains by the roots, Or slings a broken rock aloft in air. Addison.

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of the way.
We will slink away in supper time, disguise us
at my lodging, and return ais in an hour.
Shakesp. Merchant of Venice.
As we do turn our backs
From our companion, thrown into his grave,
So his familiars from his buried fortunes
Slink away. Shakesp. Timon of Athens.
He, after Eve seduc’d, unminded slunk
Into the wood fastby. Milton's Par. Lost.
Not far from hence doth dwell
A cunning man, hight Sidrophel,
To whom all people far and near
On deep importances repair;
When brass and pewter hap to stray,
And linen slinks out of the way. Hudibras.
She slunk into a corner, where she lay trembling
till the company went their way. L’Estrange.
He would pinch the children in the dark, and
then slink into a corner, as if nobody had done it.
Arbuthnot's Hist. of John Bull.
A weasel once made shift to slink
In at a corn-loft through a chink ;
But having amply stuff"d his skin,
Could not get out as he got in. Pope.
We have a suspicious, fearful, and constrained
countenance, often turning back, and slinking thro'
narrow lanes. Swift.

To SLINK. r. a. To cast; to miscarry of A low word.

To prevent a mare's slinking her foal, in snowy weather keep her where she may have good spring water to drink. Mortimer.

To SLIP. v. n. [rlipan, Sax. slippen, Dut.] 1. To slide; not to tread firm.

If a man walks over a narrow bridge when he is drunk, it is no wonder that he forgets his caution while he overlooks his danger; but he who is sober, and views that nice separation between himself and the devouring deep, so that, if he should slip, he sees his grave gaping under him, surely must needs, take every step with horror and the utinost caution. South. A skilful dancer on the ropes slips willingly, and makes a seeming stumble, that you may think him in #. hazard, while he is only giving you a proof of his dexterity. yden. If after some distinguish'd leap He drops his pole, and seems to slip, Straight gath'ring all his active strength, He rises higher half his length. Prior.

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5. To glide; to pass unexpectedly or imperceptibly. The banks of either side seeming arms of the loving earth, that sain would embrace it, and the river a wanton nymph, which still would slip from it. Šio. The blessing of the Lord shall slip from thee, without doing thee any good, if thou hast not ceased from doing evil. Taylor. Slipping from thy mother's eye, thou went'si Alone into the temple; there was found Among the gravest rabbies disputant, On points and questions fitting Moses' chair. Milt. Thrice around his neck his arms he threw, And thrice the flitting shadow slipp'd away, Like winds or empty dreams that fly the day. Dryd. Though with pale cheek, wet heard, and dropping hair, None but my Ceyx could appear so fair, I would have strain’d him with a strict embrace; But through my arms he slipt, and vanish'd from

the place. Dryden. When a corn slips out of their paws, they take hold of it again. Addison's Spectator.

Wise men watch every opportunity, and retrieve every mispent hour which has slipped from them. ogers. I will impute no defect to those two years which have slipped by since. Swift to Pope.

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Some mistakes may have slipt into it; but otters will be prevented. ope. 8. To escape; to fall away out of the memory. By the hearer it is still presumed, that if they be let slip for the present, what good soever they contain is lost, and that without all hope of recovery. Hooker. she mathematician proceeds upon propositions he as once demonstrated ; and though the demonstration may have slipt out of his memory, he builds upon the truth. Addison. Use the most proper methods to retain the ideas you have acquired; for the mind is ready to let many of them slip, unless some pains be taken to fix them upon the memory. Watts. To SLIP. v. a. 1. To convey scretly. In his officious attendance upon his mistress he tried to slip a powder into her drink. Arbuthnot's Hist. of John Bull. 2. To lose by negligence. You are not now to think what's best to do, As in beginnings; but what must be done, Joeing thus enter'd : and slip no advantage That may secure you. Ben Jonson's Cataline. Let us not slip th’ occasion, whethvr scorn Or satiate furs yield it from our foe. Milton. One ill man may no' think of the mischief he could do, or slip the occasion. L’Estrange. To slip the market, when thus fairly offered, is great imprudence. Collier. For watching occasions to correct others in their discourse, and not to slin any opportunity of shewing their talents, scholars are mos, blamed. Locke. Thus far in v author has slipt his first design ; not a letter of what has been yet said promoting any ways the trial. Atterbury.

3. To part twigs from the main body by

laceration. The runners spread from the master-roots, and have little sprouts or roots to them, which, being cut four or five inches long, make excellent sets : the branches also may be slipped and lonted: Mortioner's Flush. 4. To escape from ; to leave slily. This bird you aim'd at, though you hit it not -Oh, sir, Locontin slippod me like his greyhound, Which runs himself, and catches for his master. Shakesp. 5. To let loose. On Eryx altars lays A lamb new fallen to the stormy seas; Then slips his haulsers, and his anchors weighs. Dryden. 6. To let a dog loose. The impatient greyhound, slipt from far, Bounds o'er the glebe to course the fearful hare. Dry.

7. To throw off any thing that holds one. Forc'd to alight, my horse slipped his bridle, and ran away. Swift. 8. To pass over negligently. If our author gives us a list of doctrines, with what reason can that about indulgences be slipped over : Atterbury.

Sli P. m. s. [from the verb.] 1. The act of slipping; false step,

2. Errour; mistake ; fault. There put on him What forgeries you please: marry, none so rank As may dishonour him; But, Sir, such wanton, wild, and usual slips, As are most known to youth and liberty. Shakesp. Of the promise there made, our master hath failed us, by slip of memory, or injury of time. Isotton's Architecture This religious affection, which nature has inplanted in man, would be the most enoruous slip she could commit. More. One casual slip is enough to weigh down the faithful service of a long life. 'Estrange. Alonzo, mark the characters; And if th’ impostor's pen have made a slip That shews it counterfeit, mark that and save me. Dryden.

Lighting upon a very easy slip I have made, in putting one seemingly indifferent word for another, that discovery opened to me this present view. Locke.

Any little slip is more conspicuous and observable in a good man's conduct than in another's, as it is not of a piece with his character. Addis. Spect.

3. A twig torn from the main stock.

In truth, they are fewer, when they come to be discussed by reason, than otherwise they seein, when by heat of contention they are divided into many slips, and of every branch an heap is made.

Hooker. The slips of their vines have been brought into Spain. Abbot.

Adoption strives with nature, and choice breeds A native slip to us from foreign seeds. Shakesp. Thy moher took into her blameful bed Some stern untutor'd churl, and noble stock Was graft with crab-tree slip, whose fruit thou art - Shakesp. Trees are a parelled with flowers, or herbs by boring holes in their bodies, and putting into them earth hopen with muck, and setting seeds or slips of violets in the earth. Sacon. So have I seen some tender slip, Sav'd with care from winter's nip, The pride of her carnation train, Pluck'd up by some unheedy swain. Milton They are propagated not only by the seed, but many also by the root, and some by slips or cuttings. Ray on the Creation. 4. A leash or string in which a dog is held, from its being so made as to slip or be

come loose by relaxation of the hand.

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips, Straining upon the start. Shakesp Hen. V. God is said to harden the heart permissively, but not operatively, nor effectively; as he who only lets loose a greyhound out of the "| is said to hound hiu at the hare. ramhall. 5. An escape; a desertion. I know not whether to give the slip be not originally taken from a dog, that runs and leaves

the string or slip in the leader's hand. The more shame for her goody ship, To give so near a friend the slip, Hudibras. The daw did not like his companion, and gave him the slip, and away into the woods. L' Estrange. Their explications are not yours, and will give you the slip. Locke. 6. A long narrow piece.

Between these eastern and western mountains lies a slip of lower ground, which runs across the island. Addison.

SLI'P BoA R D. m. s. [slip and board.]. A board sliding in grooves. I ventured to draw back the slipboard on the roof, contrived on purpose to let in air. Gulliv. Travels. SLIPKNot. m. s. [slip and knot..] A bow

knot; a knot easily untied. They draw off so inuch line as is necessary, and fasten the rest upon the line-rowl with a slipknot, that no more line turn off. Monon's Mech. Fierc. In large wounds a single knot first ; over this a little linen compress, oil which is another single knot; and then a slipknot, which may be loosened upon inflamination. Shakesp. Sli'PPER or Slipshoe. m. s [from slip.] 1. A shoe without leather behind, into which the foot slips easily. A gown made of the finest wool, Which from our pretty lambs we pull; Fair lined slippers for the cold, With buckles of the purest gold. Raleigh. If he went abroad too much, she'd use To give him slip ers, and lock up his shoes. King. Tourice rung the bell, the slipper knock'd the ground, And the press'd watch return’d a silver sound. Pope. 2. [ Crispis, Lat.] An herb. Sli'PPER. adj. [rhpun, Sax.] Slippery : not firm. Obsolete. Perhaps never in use but for poetical convenience.

A trustless state of earthly things, and slipp-rho

Of nortal men, that swinke and sweat for urus it Speiser

Sii'PPERILY. adv. [from slippery. slippery manner. SLI'PPERIN Ess. n.s.. [from slippery.] 1. State or quality of being slippery, smoothness; glibness. We do not only fall by the slipperiness of or tongoles, but we deliberately discipline them to mischief. Government of the T The schirrus may he distinguished by its *- : of inflammation in the skin, its smoothness, as a slipperiness deep in the breast. Sharp's Serger, 2. Uncertainty; want of firm footing. SLI'PPERY. adj. [rlipun, Sax. slipers. Swed.] 1. Smooth; glib. They trim their feathers, which makes them --> and slipperu, that the water slips off. *** Oily substances only lubricate and make * bowels slipperu. Artither2. Not affording firm footing. Did you know th’ art o' th' court, As hard to leave as keep , whose top to climb, Is certain falling ; or so slipp'ru, that The fear's as bad as falling. Shak Ceto-e His promise to trust to as slippery as ice. TostTheir way shall be as slippery ways in the gasness. Jer. * * The slipp'ru tops of human state, The gilded pinnacles of fate. The higher they are raised, the giddier they the more slippery is their standing, and the do their fall. L’Estr The highest hill is the most slipp'ry place, And fortune mocks us with a smiling face. HPeo Beauty, like ice, our footing does betray; Who can tread sure on the smooth slippery was

Drso3. Hard to hold; hard to keep. Thus surely bound, yet be not overbold, The slipp'ry god will try to loose his hold, And various forms assume, to cheat thy sight. And with vain images of beasts affright. Dryd. Go4. Not standing firm. When they fall, as being slipp'ru starders, The love that lean'd on them, as slipp'ru too, Doth one pluck down another, and together Die in the fast. Shakesp. Troilus and Cres:

5. Uncertain ; changeable; mutable; in

stable. Oh world, thy slippery turns! Friends mow fo sworn, Whose double bosoms seem to wear one heart. Whose hours, whose bed, whose meal and exercAre still together; who twine, as 'twere, in use Unseparable, shall within this hour, On a dissension of a duit, break out To bitterest enmity. He looking down With scorn or pity on the slippery state Qikings, will tread upon the neck of fate. Den. So 6. Not certain in its effect. One sule trick is better than a hundred slior. ones. Estres 7. [Lubrique, Fr.] Not chaste. My wife is slippery. Shak. If inter's To SLI'PPY. adj. [from slip.] Slippery; easily sliding. A barbarous provincial word. The white of an egg is ropy, slippy, and not tious. o Slipshop. adj. [slip and shod.] Having the shoes not pulled up at the heels, but

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Slish. m. s. A low word formed by reduo

licating slash.

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The upper part of him, the blow Had slit, as sure as that below. ... Hudibras. We slit the preternatural body open. Wisem. Surg. A liberty might be left to the judges to inflict death, or some notorious mark, by slitting the nose, or brands upon the cheeks. Temple. If a tinned or plated body, which, being of an even thickness, appears all over of an uniform colour, should be slit into threads, or broken into fragments of the same thickness with the plate, I see no reason why every thread or fragment should not keep its colour. -Newton's Opticks.

#. took a freak

To slit my tongue, and make me speak. Swift.

Lit. n.s. [rlit, Sax.] A long cut, or narrow opening. ln St. James's fields is a conduit of brick, unto which joineth a low vault, and at the end of that a round house of stone: and in the brick conduit there is a window, and in the round house a slit or rift of some little breadth: if you cry out in the rift, it will make a fearful roaring at the winow. Bacon. Where the tender rinds of trees disclose Their shooting gems, a swelling knot there grows: Just in that place a narrow slit we make, Then other buds from bearing trees we take : Inserted thus, the wounded rind we close. Drud. I found, by looking through a slit or oblong hole, which was narrower than the pupil of * eye, and eld close to it parallel to the prisms. I could see he circles much distincter, and visible to a far greater number, than otherwise. Newton.

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SLOPE, adj. [This word is not derived from any satisfactory original. Junius omits it: Skinner derives it from slap lax, Dutch; and derives it from the curve of a loose rope. Perhaps its original may be latent in loopen, Dut. to run, slope being easy to the runner.] Oblique; not perpendicular. It is generally used of acclivity or declivity, forming an angle greater or less with the plane of the horizon. where there is greater quantity of water, and space enough, the water moveth with a sloper rise and fall. Bacon. Murm'ring waters fall Down the slope hills, dispers'd, or in a lake, That to the fringed bank with myrtle crown'd Her chrystal mirrour holds, unite their streams. Milton. Slope. n.s. [from the adjective.] 1. An oblique direction; anything obliquely directed. 2. Declivity; ground cut or formed with declivity. Growing upon slopes is caused for that moss, as it cometh of moisture, so the water must but slide, not be in a pool. Bacon. My lord advances with majestick mien, And when up ten steep slopes you've dragg'd your thighs, Just at his study door he'll bless your eyes. Pope.

Slope. adv. Obliquely; not perpendicu

larly. y Uriel Return'd on that bright beam, whose point now rais'd Bore him slope downward to the sun, now fall"n. Milton. To Slope. v. a. [from the adjective.] To form to obliquity or declivity; to direct obliquely. Two bladed corn be lodg’d, and trees blown own, Though palaces and pyramids do slope Their heads to their foundations. Shak. Macbeth. On each hand the flanes Driv'n *** slope their pointing spires, and roll'd In billows, leave i' th' midst a horrid vale. Milton. The star, that rose at evening bright, Toward heav'n's descent had slop'd i. wes 'ring wheel. Tilton. All night Islept, oblivious of my pain; Aurora dawn'd, and Phoebus shin'd in vain: Nor, till oblique he slop'd his evening ray, Had Somnus dried the balmy dews away. Pope's Odyssey. To Slope. p. m. To take an oblique or declivous direction. Betwixt the midst and these, the gods assign'd Two habitable seats for human kind; And cross their limits cut a sloping way, Which the twelve signs in beauteous order sway. - Dryden. There is a handsome work of piles made sloping athwart the river, to stop the trees which are cut down and cast into the river. Brown's Travels. Up starts a palace, lo! th' obedient base so at its foot, the woods its sides embrace. Pope. There is a straight hole in every ant's nest half an inch deep ; and then it goes down sloping into a place where they have their magazine. Addis. Spect. On the fourth aspect of a sloping hill, Whose skirts meand'ring Peneus washes still,

Our pious lab’rer pass'd his youthful days ln peace and charity, in pray'r and praise: Harte Slo'PEN Ess. n.s. (from slope.] Obliquity. declivity; not perpendicularity. The Italians give the cover a graceful pendence of slopeness, dividing the whole breadth into nine parts, whereof two shall serve for the elevation of the highest ridge. Wotton's Architecture. Slo Pewise. adv. [slope and wise.] Obliquely; not perpendicularly. The Wear is a frith, reaching slopewise through the Ose from the land to low-water mark, and having in it a hent or cod with an eye-hook; where the fish entering, upon their coming back with the ebb, are stopped from issuing out again, forsaken by the water, and left dry on the ose. Carew. SLo'PINGLY.adw.[from sloping.] Obliquely ; not perpenditularly. These atoms do not descend always perpendicularly, but sometimes slopingly. Digby on the Soul. Sloppy, adj. [from slop.] Miry and wet: perhaps rather slabby. See SLAB. To Slot. v. a. [slughen, Dut..] To strike or clash hard. Slot. n. s. [slod, Island.] The track of a deer. Slot H. n. s. [rlaepos, repo, Sax. It might therefore be not improperly written sloath, but that it seems better to regard the orthography of the primitive slow.] 1. Slowness; tardiness. These cardinals trifle with me : I abhor This dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome. Shakesp. Hen. VIII 2. Laziness; sluggishness; idleness. False of heart, light of ear, bloody of hand, Hog in sloth, fox instealth. Shakesp. King Lear. They change their course to pleasure, ease, and sloth. Milton. Industry approach'd, And rous'd him from his miserable sloth. - Thomson's Autumn. 3. An animal. The sloth is an animal of so slow a motion that he will be three or four days at least in climbing up and coming down a tree; and to go the length of fifty paces on plain ground, requires a whole day. Grew. SLo'TH FUL adj. [sloth and full.] Idle; lazy; sluggish; inactive; indolent; dull of motion. He that is slothful in his work, is brother to him that is a great waster. Prov. xviii. 9. The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. Prov. xxi. 25. To vice industrious ; but to nobler deeds Timorous and slothful. Milton, Flora commands those nymphs and knights, Who liv'd in slot ful ease and loose delights, Who never acts of honour durst pursue, The men inglorious knights, the ladies all untrue. Dryden. The very soul of the slothful does effectually but lie drowsing in his body, and the whole man is totally given up to his senses. L'Estrange. Another is deaf to all the motives to piety, by indulging an idle slothful temper. toSLo'TH FULLY. adv. [from slothful..] Idly; lazily; with sloth. SLo'TH FULNess. m. s. [from slothful.] Idleness; laziness; sluggishness; inacti. vity. To trust to labour without prayer, argueth impiety and prophaneness; it maketh light of the providence of God: and although it . not the intent of a religious mind, yet it is the fault of those men whose religion wanteth light of a mature judgment to direct it, when we join with our prayer slothfulness, and neglect of convenient la: Our. HookeSlothfulness casteth into a deep sleep, and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. Prov. xix. 15. SLOUCH. n.s.. [sloff, Dan. stupid.] 1. A downcast look; a depression of the head. In Scotland, an ungainly gait, as also the person whose gait it is. Our doctor has every quality that can make a man useful ; but alas' he hath a sort of slouch in his walk. Swift. 2. A man who looks heavy and clownish. Begin thy carols then, thou vaunting slouch; Be thine the oaken staff, or mine the pouch. Gaw. To Slouch. v. n. [from the noun..] To have a downcast clownish look. SLOVEN. n.s.. [sloef, Dut. yslyrn, Welsh, nasty, shabby..] A man indecently negligent of cleanliness; a man dirtily dressed. The ministers came to church in handsome holiday apparel, and that himself did not think them bound by the law of God to go like slovens. Hooker. Affect in things about thee cleanliness, That all ". gladly board thee as a flow'r : Slovens take up their stock of noisomeness Beforehand, and anticipate their last hour. Herbert You laugh, half beau, half sloven, if s stand; My wig half powder, and all snuff my band. Pope. Their methods various, but alike their aim ; The sloven and the fopling are the same. Young. Slov EN LIN Ess. n.s.. [from slovenly.] Indecent negligence of dress; neglect of

cleanliness. Slovenliness is the worst sign of a hard student, and civility the best exercise of the remiss; yet not to be exact in the phrase of compliment, or gestures of courtesy. Js otton Slov ENLY. ade. [from sloven.] Negligent of dress; negligent of neatness; not meat; not cleanly. AEsop at last found out a slovenly lazy fellow, lolling at his ease, as if he had nothing to do. L'Estrange. Slov ENLY. adj. [from sloven.] In a coarse inelegant manner. As I hang my clothes on somewhat slovenly, I no sooner went in but he frowned upon me. Pope. Slov ENRY. m. s. [from sloven.] Dirtiness;

want of neatness. Our gayness and our guilt are all besmirch'd With rainy marching in the painful field : There's not a piece of feather in our host, And tissue hath worn us into slovenry. Shakesp. Hen. W. Slovgh. m. s. [rloo, Sax.] 1. A deep miry place; a hole full of dirt. The Scots were in a fallow field, whereinto the English could not enter, but over a cross ditch and a slough ; in passing whereof many of the English horse were plunged, and some mired. Hayward. The ways being foul, twenty to one He's here stuck in a slough, and overthrown. Milt. A carter had laid his waggon fast in a slough. - L'Estrange. 2. The skin which a serpent casts off at his

periodical renovation.
Thy fates o en their hands, let thy blood and
spirit embrace them ; and to inure thyself to what
thou art like to be, cast thy humble slough, and
appear fresh. Shakesp. Fiji Night.
When the mind is quicken'd,
The organs, though lefunct and dead before,
Break up their drowsy grave, and newly move,
With casted slough, and fresh legerity. Shakesp.
Oh let not sleep my closing eyes invade
In open plains, or in the secret shade,
When he, renew'd in all the speckled pride
Of pompous youth, has cast his slough aside ;
And in his summer liv'ry rolls along
Erect, and brandishing i. forky tongue. Dryden.
The slough of an English viper, that is, the cu-
ticula, they cast off twice every year, at spring
and fall: the separation begins at the head, and is
finished in twenty-four hours. Crew.

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Frisick.] 1. Not swift; not quick of motion; not speedy; not having velocity; wanting celerity. Me thou think'st not slour, Who since the morning hour set out from heav'n, Where God resides, and on mid-day arriv'd In Eden, distance inexpressible! Milton Where the motion is so slow as not to supply a constant train of fresh ideas to the senses, the sense of motion, is lost. . Locke. 2. Late; not happening in a short time. These changes in the heav'ns, though slow, produc’d Like change on sea and land, sidereal blast. Milton. 3. Not ready ; not prompt; not quick. I am slow of speech, and a slow tongue. Fiod. iv. 10. Mine ear shall not be slow, mine eye not shut. Milton. The slow of speech make in dreams unpremeditated harangues, or converse readily in languages that they are but little acquainted with. Addison. For though in dreadful whirls we hung High on the broken wave, I knew thou wert not slow to hear, Nor impotent to save. 4. Dull ; inactive ; tardy; sluggish. Fix'd on defence, the Trojans are not slow To guard their shore from an expected foe. Drud. 5. Not hasty ; acting with deliberation; not vehement. The Lord is merciful, and slow to anger. Common Prayer. He that is slow to wrath, is of great understanding. Prov.

dison.

The politick and wise
Are sly slow things with circuinspective eyes. Pope.
6. Dull; heavy in wit.
The blockhead is a slow worm. Pope.
Slow, in composition, is an adverb; slanly.
This slow-pac’d soul, which late did cleave
To a body, and went but, by the body's leave,
Twenty inerchance or thirty mile a day,
Dispatches in a minute all the way

Twixt heav'n and earth. Donne.
To the shame of slow endeavouring art
Thy easy numbers flow. Milton

This day's death denounc'd, if aught I see,
Will prove no sudden but a slow-pac'd evil,
A long day's dying to augment our pain. Milton.

For eight slow-circling years by tein pests tost.

Pope Some demon o To explore the fraud with guile oppos'd to guile, Slow-pacing thrice around th' insidious pile. Pope. To Slow. v. a. [from the adjective.] To omit by dilatoriness; to delay; to procrastinate. Not in use. The true word was forslow.

Now ##. know the reason of this haste? -I would I knew not why it should be slowd. Shak: Slowly. adv. [from slow.] 1. Not speedily; not with celerity; ra with velocity. The gnome rejoicing bears her gift away. Spreads his black wings, and slowly mounts to da H

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2. Not soon; not early; not in a little tin, The poor remnant of human seed peopled or country again slourlu, by little and little. Boro Our fathers bent their painful industry To check a monarchy that slowly grew ; But did not France or Holland's fate foresee, Whose rising power to swift dominion flew. Dn. We oft our slowly growing works inpart, While images reflect from art to art. Pot. 3. Not hastily; not rashly: as, he deter. mines slowly. 4. Not promptly; not readily: as, he leats slowly. 5. Tardily; sluggishly. The chapel of St. Laurence advances so on slowly, that 'tis not impossible but the family. Medicis may be extinct before their burial plot: finished. Addison en ISlow Ness. n.s. (from slow.] 1. Smallness of motion; not speed; war: of velocity; absence of celerity or swi; ness. Providence hath confined these human heir that what any invention hath in the strength of motion, is abated in the slowness of it : and * : it hath in the extraordinary quickness of tion, must be allowed for in the great stren: is required unto it. Wilkins's Mathematical Miño Môtion is the absolute mode of a body, i. swiftness or slowness are relative ideas. is2. Length of time in which any thing as or is brought to pass; not quickness. Tyrants use what art they can to increase slowness of death. Ho3. Dulness to admit conviction or affectio Christ would not heal their infirmuities, becao of the hardness and slowness of their hearts, in -they believed him not. Bentlew's Sono 4. Want of promptness; want of readines 5. Deliberation ; cool delay. 6. Dilatoriness; procrastination. Slowworm. n. s. [rlapynn, Sax.] To blind worm ; a large viper, not morscarcely venomous. Though we have found formed snakes it belly of the caecilia, or slowworm, yet may the vo emphatically bear the name.

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idle; to play the drone; to move slowly. All he did was to deceive good knights, And draw them from pursuit of praise and fame, To slug in sloth and sensual delights, And end their days with irrenowned shame. Fairy Queen. He lay not all night slugging in a cabin under his mantle, but used commonly to keep others waking to defend their lives. Spenser. One went slugging on with a thousand cares. L'Estrange. SLU'GGARD. m. s. [from slug.] An idler; a drone; an inactive lazy fellow. Cry mercy, lords, and watchful gentlemen, That you have ta'en a tardy sluggard here, Shakesp. Rich. III. This mightier sound shall make The dead to rise, And open tombs and open eyes, To the long sluggards of five thousand years. Cowl. , up, says. A varice; thou snor'st again, Stretchest thy limbs, and yawn'st, but all in vain: The tyrant Lucre no denial takes; At his command th' unwiliing sluggard wakes. Drvaen. Sprightly May commands our youth to keep #. vigils of her night, and breaks their sluggard sleep. Dryden. To SLU'GGARD1ze. v. a. [from sluggard.]

To make idle ; to make dronish. Rather see the wonders of the world abroad, That, living dully sluggardiz'd at home, Wear out thy youth with shapeless idleness. Shak. SLU'Go is H. adj. [from slug.] Dull; drowsy; lazy; slothful; idle; insipid ; slow ; inact ve; inert. Sluggish idleness, the nurse of sin, Upon a slothful ass he chose to ride. Fairy Queen. The dull billows, thick as troubled mire, Whom neither wind out of their seat could force, Norticles did drive out of their sluggish source. Spenser. One, bolder than the rest, With his broad sword provok'd the sluggish beast. Waller. Matter, being impotent, sluggish, and inactive, hath no power to stir or move itself. Woodward.

SLU'GG1shLY. adv. [from sluggish.] Dully; not nimbly; lazily; idly; slowly. SLU'ggish N Ess. n. s. [from sluggish.] Dulness; sloth; laziness; idleness; inertneSS. The most of mankind are inclined by her thither, if they would take the pains; no less than birds to fly, and horses to run which if they lose, it is through their own sluggishness, and by that means become her prodigies, not her children. - Ben Jonson. It is of great moment to teach the mind to shake off its sluggishness, and vigorously employ itself about what reason shall direct. Locke.

SLUICE. n.s.. [sluyse, Dut. escluse, Fr.
sclusa, Ital.] A watergate; a floodgate;
a vent for water.
Two other precious drops, that ready stood
Each in their crystal sluice, he, ere they sell,
Kiss'd, as the gracious signs of sweet remorse,
And pious awe, that feard to have offended. Milt.
Divine Alpheus, who, by secret sluice,
Stole under seas to meet his Arethuse. Milton.
f we receive them all, they were more than
seven ; if only the natural sluices, they were fewer.
Brown's Vulg. Err.
As waters from her sluices, flow'd
Unbounded sorrow from her eyes. Prior.
Each sluice of affluent fortune open'd soon,
And wealth flow'd in at morning, night, and noon.
Harte.
To Sluice. v. a. [from the noun..] To emit

by floodgates.

Like a traitor coward, Sluic'd out his inn'cent soul through streams of

ud Cl. akesp. Veins of liquid ore sluic'd from the lake. Milton. You wrong ine, if you think I'll sell one drop Within these veins for pageants; but let honour Call for my blood, I'll sluice it into streams; Turn fortune loose again to my pursuit, And let me hunt her through her embattled foes, In dusty plains; there will I be the first. r Dryden's Spanish Fryar. SLU'icy. adj. [from sluice.] Falling in streams as from a sluice or floodgate. And oft whole sheets descend of sluicy rain, Suck'd by the spungy clouds from off the main : The lofty skies at once come pouring down, The promis'd crop and golden labours drown. Dryden.

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1. To sleep lightly ; to be not awake, nor

in profound sleep. He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. . Psalms. Conscience wakes despair that slumber'd Milton 2. To sleep; to repose. Sleep and slumber are often confounded. -*, God speaketh, yet man perceiveth it not: in a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed, Job, xxxiii. 15. Have ye chosen this place, After the tois of battle, to repose Your wearied virtue, for the use you find To slumber here 2 Milton. 3. To be in a state of negligence and supineness. Why slumbers Pope, who leads the tuneful train, Nor hears that virtue which he loves complain : Young. To SLU'MBER. v. a. 1. To lay to sleep. 2. To stupify ; to stun. Then up he took the slumber'd senseless corse, And, ere he could out of his swoon awake, Him to his castle brought. Fairy Queen. To honest a deed after it was done, or to slumber his conscience in the doing, he studied other incentives. Wotton.

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Boy!, Lucius' fast asleep It is no matter; Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber. Shakesp. Julius Caesar. Ev’n lust and envy sleep, but love denies Rest to my soul, and slumber to my eyes: Three days I promis'd to attend my doom, And two long days and nights are yet to come. Dry.

Stungerous. adj. [from slumber.] SLU'MBERY. 1. Inviting to sleep; soporiferous; causing sleep. The timely dew of sleep, Now falling with soft slumb'rous weight, inclines Our eyelids. Milton. While pensive in the silent slumb'rous shade, Sleep's gentle pow'rs her drooping eyes invade ; Minerva, life-like, on embodied air Impress'd the form of Iphthema. , Pope's Odyssey. There every eye with stumb’rous chains she bound, And dash'd the flowing goblets to the ground. Pope. 2. Sleepy; not waking. A great perturbation in nature to receive at once the benefit of sleep, and do the effects of watching. In this slumbery agitation, what have you heard her say : Shak. Macbeth SLUNG. The preterite and participle passive of sling.

SLUNK. The preterite and participle pas

sive of slink.
Silence accompany'd ; for beast, and bird,

They to their grassy couch, these to their nests,

Were slunk. Milton's Par. Lost

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