Definition of wait state in English:

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wait state


The condition of computer software or hardware being unable to process further instructions while waiting for some event such as the completion of a data transfer.
Example sentences
  • Finally, there is almost no way to optimize the system, which is filled with extraneous wait states and timing loops that slow it to a crawl because lawyers are paid by the hour.
  • One way around this problem is to enter the BIOS settings and increase the wait state of the Ram.
  • ‘It is easier to use wait states [between a request and the returned data],’ said Mathewson.

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