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slow down

1. To decrease in speed. Would you please slow down—you're going 100 miles an hour! Once he slowed down and started speaking clearly, I finally understood what he was talking about.
2. To cause, compel, or force someone or something to decrease in speed. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slow" and "down" in this use. You really should slow the engine down before shifting gears like that. We need to try to slow down their linebacker, or he's going to keep sacking our quarterback all day long.
3. To decrease in frequency, intensity, or activity. She's got too much going on at the moment, between work and the kids. She needs to slow down or she's going to have a heart attack! The company announced they were slowing down production after the lukewarm response to the latest product.
4. To cause, compel, or force someone or something to decrease in frequency, intensity, or activity. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slow" and "down" in this use. The government plans to slow their infrastructure investments down over the next year to help balance the federal budget. My arthritis has really started slowing me down lately.
See also: down, slow

slow down

to decrease speed; to go slower. Please slow down. You are going too fast.
See also: down, slow

slow down

1. Delay, retard, reduce speed, as in She slowed down the sled by dragging her foot, or Slow down, Bill; you're driving much too fast. [First half of 1800s] Also see slow up.
2. Become less active or vigorous, as in Now that I'm in my seventies I find I've slowed down quite a bit. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: down, slow

slow down

v.
1. To decrease the speed or rate of something: The chef slowed down the mixer and added some flour to the batter. We slowed the boat down as we entered the harbor.
2. To move, work, or happen at a slower rate: We slowed down so that we could read the road sign.
3. To delay someone or something; retard someone or something: An injury slowed down the runner. A virus has slowed my computer down.
See also: down, slow
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As the atmosphere speeds up during El Nino, Earth itself slows down to conserve the combined angular momentum.
You glance up as your car slows down to avoid a tractor-trailer up ahead, then go back to reading while your car automatically changes lanes and leaves the other driver in the dust.
A case in point: The word "green" printed in red slows down the ability to say "red" more than the word "take" printed in red.
The discovery that light slows down much more than expected when traveling through materials such as milk and white paint demonstrates that even a mature field of physics may yet harbor hidden treasures, Lagendijk says.
Cold slows down thee nerve impulse, which is electrically conducted, resulting in an increased current.
For eash photon absorbed, an atom slows down by a certain amount.
In the ordinary case, astrophysicists expect that the material in such jets comes out of the galactic center at speeds near that of light and gradually slows down as it encounters the intergalactic gas.