Definition of idler in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌɪdlə/


1A person who avoids work or spends time in an aimless or lazy way.
Example sentences
  • They who never go to the Holy Land in their walks, as they pretend, are indeed mere idlers and vagabonds; but they who do go there are saunterers in the good sense, such as I mean.
  • Hikers as well as idlers are particularly blessed, with sublime day-walks and longer trails soaring into the White Mountains.
  • He may be, on the one hand, a cross-roads idler striving to get into the State Legislature.
2A pulley that transmits no power but guides or stretches a belt or rope.
Example sentences
  • The service rep had a look at it and said that it wasn't the water pump, but an idler pulley (just there to keep the belt running the right way), meaning that the repair would be even cheaper.
  • Once released, the logs crashed down, bouncing on the impact idlers before the belt shot them forward into the drum, and then I engaged the drive shaft.
  • Someone might have oiled the rollers and idler pulley with too much oil or have gotten oil in some place it is not supposed to be.
2.1An idle wheel.
Example sentences
  • The large drive sprocket is clearly visible to the front of the first road wheel and the idler wheel is at the back.
  • Check the bushing, idler, and driver wheel on the seed carrier.
  • The drive sprocket is at the rear and the idler at the front, and there are no track return rollers.

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