American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To postpone until a later time; defer.
- v. To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired: Heavy traffic delayed us.
- v. To act or move slowly; put off an action or a decision.
- n. The act of delaying; postponement: responded without delay.
- n. The condition of being delayed; detainment.
- n. The period of time during which one is delayed.
- n. The interval of time between two events.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put off; defer; postpone; remit to a later time, as something to be done.
- To retard; stop, detain, or hinder for a time; obstruct or impede the course or progress of: as, the mail is delayed by bad roads.
- To linger; move slowly; stop for a time; loiter; be dilatory.
- n. A putting off; a deferring; an extension of the time; postponement; procrastination: as, the delay of trial.
- n. A lingering; loitering; stay; hindrance to progress.
- To alloy; dilute; temper; soften; weaken.
- v. To put off until a later time; to distract.
- v. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time.
- n. previously unexpected period of time before an event occurs; the act of delaying.
- v. obsolete To dilute, temper.
- v. obsolete To assuage, quench, allay.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance.
- v. To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before.
- v. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time; to retard the motion, or time of arrival, of.
- v. obsolete To allay; to temper.
- v. To move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry.
- v. cause to be slowed down or delayed
- n. the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
- v. stop or halt
- v. slow the growth or development of
- n. time during which some action is awaited
- v. act later than planned, scheduled, or required
- From Middle French délayer, ultimately from Latin dis- + ligāre. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English delaien, from Anglo-Norman delaier, from Old French deslaier : des-, de- + laier, to leave, of Germanic origin; see leip- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the press box, the official time of the rain delay is announced: 46 hours even.”
“But here, a certain delay is permitted, the more signally to manifest the power of Christ and accomplish His purposes.”
“Many of those engineers feel a since of relief that this delay is here - they want to make sure they are doing the right thing (reduced risk).”
“As I understand the delay is actually a few months, but Celestial mechanics dictates a longer frame, following hoffman low energy trajectories I presume ...”
“One reason for the delay is the difficulty in raising equity financing, Mr. Musk wrote.”
“America's space agency, NASA, has been researching what it calls the delay- or disruption- tolerant network protocol, or DTN.”
“So maybe the delay is all over now, and now just here in the west.”
“One good thing for microsoft with the vista delay is they now have some time to improve their core search product … If they succeed in making it somewhat decent (if not better than google), i think the coming vista/IE 7 search box will atleast double their search marketshare in the next 3 years.”
“The real reason that the delay is a problem is that W was not aware of a problem in the same time zone.”
“Due to a label delay (and MMB getting a way-advanced copy), The Mighty Mighty Bosstones cover of "Enter Sandman" was released BEFORE the original by Metallica.”
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