Definition of delay in English:

delay

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈleɪ
 
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verb

[with object]

noun

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  • 1A period of time by which something is late or postponed: a two-hour delay long delays in obtaining passports
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    • Bank transfers are prone to delays in the Christmas period as officials all over the world take a few days off.
    • With continuing delays in constructing the new parliament building, Ministers will be forced to look for alternative accommodation.
    • He is anxious that the Minister would resolves all issues surrounding the delays in payment before he leaves office.
    Synonyms
    hold-up, wait, waiting period, detainment; hindrance, impediment, obstruction, setback; interval, gap, interludepostponement, deferral, deferment, putting off, stay, respite; rescheduling, adjournment; North American Law continuation
    rare put-off
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The action of delaying or being delayed: I set off without delay
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    • Yet all we are hearing here, in her fourth year as Minister, is all this delay and dilly-dallying and shilly-shallying.
    • Any sensible Englishman does the same, knowing that the English weather most often delivers up summer in short bursts, to be enjoyed without delay or hesitation.
    • ‘It is time the Government ended the dither and delay,’ he said.
    Synonyms
  • 1.2 Electronics The time interval between the propagation of an electrical signal and its reception.
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    • Finally, the average period of the oscillator is related to the average signal propagation delay through the test circuit.
    • Then in design, you'll have to handle delays in signal propagation, circuit shape starts playing a strong role in design.
    • The modified write inhibit threshold essentially facilitates an acceptable delay in activating a write inhibit signal.
  • 1.3An electronic device which introduces a delay, especially in an audio signal.
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    • The programmable delay cells provide that propagation delays can be set to perform timing margin tests.

Derivatives

delayer

noun
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  • My generation of marriage delayers drifted into this period without any real understanding of its value or meaning.
  • This was by necessity a long term strategy and gave rise to the term, Fabian tactic as well as earning Maximus the name Cunctator - the delayer.
  • Among those men, 53% said they were not interested in getting married anytime soon - the marriage delayers.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French delayer (verb).

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