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Idle vs. Delay

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Idleadjective

(obsolete) Empty, vacant.

Delaynoun

A period of time before an event occurs; the act of delaying; procrastination; lingering inactivity.

‘the delay before the echo of a sound’;

Idleadjective

Not being used appropriately; not occupied; (of time) with no, no important, or not much activity.

‘idle hours’; ‘My computer hibernates after it has been idle for 30 minutes.’;

Delaynoun

(music) An audio effects unit that introduces a controlled delay.

Idleadjective

Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing in particular.

‘idle workmen’;

Delayverb

To put off until a later time; to defer.

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Idleadjective

Averse to work, labor or employment; lazy; slothful.

‘an idle fellow’;

Delayverb

To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time.

‘The mail is delayed by a heavy fall of snow.’;

Idleadjective

Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly.

‘an idle story;’; ‘idle talk;’; ‘idle rumor’;

Delayverb

(obsolete) To allay; to temper.

Idleadjective

(obsolete) Light-headed; foolish.

Delayverb

(obsolete) To dilute, temper.

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Idleverb

(transitive) To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.

Delayverb

(obsolete) To assuage, quench, allay.

Idleverb

(intransitive) To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business.

‘to idle in an IRC channel’;

Delaynoun

A putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance.

‘Without any delay, on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat.’; ‘The government ought to be settled without the delay of a day.’;

Idleverb

(intransitive) Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick over.

Delayverb

To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before.

‘My lord delayeth his coming.’;

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Idlenoun

(gaming) An idle animation.

Delayverb

To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time; to retard the motion, or time of arrival, of; as, the mail is delayed by a heavy fall of snow.

‘Thyrsis! whose artful strains have oft delayedThe huddling brook to hear his madrigal.’;

Idlenoun

(gaming) An idle game.

Delayverb

To allay; to temper.

‘The watery showers delay the raging wind.’;

Idleadjective

Of no account; useless; vain; trifling; unprofitable; thoughtless; silly; barren.

‘Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.’; ‘Down their idle weapons dropped.’; ‘This idle story became important.’;

Delayverb

To move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry.

‘There seem to be certain bounds to the quickness and slowness of the succession of those ideas, . . . beyond which they can neither delay nor hasten.’;

Idleadjective

Not called into active service; not turned to appropriate use; unemployed; as, idle hours.

‘The idle spear and shield were high uphing.’;

Delaynoun

time during which some action is awaited;

‘instant replay caused too long a delay’; ‘he ordered a hold in the action’;

Idleadjective

Not employed; unoccupied with business; inactive; doing nothing; as, idle workmen.

‘Why stand ye here all the day idle?’;

Delaynoun

the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time

Idleadjective

Given rest and ease; averse to labor or employment; lazy; slothful; as, an idle fellow.

Delayverb

cause to be slowed down or delayed;

‘Traffic was delayed by the bad weather’; ‘she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform’;

Idleadjective

Light-headed; foolish.

Delayverb

act later than planned, scheduled, or required;

‘Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered’;

Idleverb

To lose or spend time in inaction, or without being employed in business.

Delayverb

stop or halt;

‘Please stay the bloodshed!’;

Idleverb

To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; - often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day.

Delayverb

slow the growth or development of;

‘The brain damage will retard the child's language development’;

Idleverb

run disconnected or idle;

‘the engine is idling’;

Delayverb

make (someone or something) late or slow

‘the train was delayed’;

Idleverb

be idle; exist in a changeless situation;

‘The old man sat and stagnated on his porch’; ‘He slugged in bed all morning’;

Delayverb

be late or slow; loiter

‘time being of the essence, they delayed no longer’;

Idleadjective

not in action or at work;

‘an idle laborer’; ‘idle drifters’; ‘the idle rich’; ‘an idle mind’;

Delayverb

postpone or defer (an action)

‘he may decide to delay the next cut in interest rates’;

Idleadjective

without a basis in reason or fact;

‘baseless gossip’; ‘the allegations proved groundless’; ‘idle fears’; ‘unfounded suspicions’; ‘unwarranted jealousy’;

Delaynoun

a period of time by which something is late or postponed

‘a two-hour delay’; ‘long delays in obtaining passports’;

Idleadjective

not in active use;

‘the machinery sat idle during the strike’; ‘idle hands’;

Delaynoun

the action of delaying or being delayed

‘I set off without delay’;

Idleadjective

silly or trivial;

‘idle pleasure’; ‘light banter’; ‘light idle chatter’;

Delaynoun

the time interval between the propagation of an electrical signal and its reception.

Idleadjective

lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility;

‘idle talk’; ‘a loose tongue’;

Delaynoun

an electronic device which introduces a delay, especially in an audio signal.

Idleadjective

not yielding a return;

‘dead capital’; ‘idle funds’;

Idleadjective

not having a job;

‘idle carpenters’; ‘jobless transients’; ‘many people in the area were out of work’;

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