Definition of retry in English:


Line breaks: re¦try
Pronunciation: /riːˈtrʌɪ

verb (retries, retrying, retried)

  • 1 [with object] Law Try (a defendant or case) again.
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    • Because the verdict was critically tainted, it ordered that the defendant be retried.
    • The Appeals Chamber may dismiss the appeal, or acquit the appellant, or order that the accused be retried, or change the sentence.
    • Seven months later, the accused was retried and found guilty as charged.
  • 2 [no object] Computing Re-enter a command, especially because an error was made the first time: please retry with a valid module name
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    • Since Cleanfeed gives a ‘not found’ error, people visiting the sites are going to assume that it was an error and probably retry at least once.
    • The browser will then ask the user to retry their user name and password.
    • Try shutting them down one at a time, and retrying your install.
  • 2.1(Of a system) transmit data again because the first attempt was unsuccessful: you instruct DOS to retry persistently to print if the printer is busy and won’t accept fresh data
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    • If you insert a CD and choose Retry, it will retry as if nothing had gone wrong.
    • Few messages were rejected during the import process; those that were simply were retried by the source SMTP servers.
    • In addition, the servers ship with a tool that will retry failed instructions immediately, taking away the need to flush and rebuild software buffers.


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  • An instance of re-entering a command or retransmitting data: the need for retries slows things down
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    • By using the redundant drive, time wasting retries can be eliminated by enabling real-time correction on the controller for failed or slow responding disks.
    • If, for instance, a message cannot be delivered, it is scheduled to be delivered later, without immediately initiating a continuous retry.
    • Key factors they published were time to connect, average number of retries, number of unexpected disconnects, download speeds for a range of file sizes, and so on.

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