Definition of delayed-action in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈlādˌakSH(ə)n/


Operating or effective after a predetermined length of time: delayed-action bombs
More example sentences
  • More than 10,000 people, mostly farmers and their families, died in the following years, when their ploughs inadvertently hit these hidden bombs containing delayed-action fuses.
  • The urgency was to remove the bombs in the inhabited areas because some of them were deliberately delayed-action bombs.
  • By that time it had evolved into a powerful weapon, with a delayed-action explosive mechanism that allowed the missile to penetrate deep inside the prey before it detonated.


(delayed action)
The operation of something after a predetermined length of time.
Example sentences
  • Last week's flooding was the worst in 30 years according to members of the business community who have been left to count the cost of delayed action by the City Council.
  • Their capital erosion - in some cases, total - means protracted and delayed action directly affects their ability to generate the income they need.
  • Most guardsmen blamed the failure of the operation on changes in planning, restrictions, lack of action or delayed action, and the President himself.

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Syllabification: de·layed-ac·tion

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