Crossword clues for idle
- Frequent Cleese co-star
- Daydreaming, say
- Between jobs
- Just chilling
- Knock about
- Like some thoughts
- Not scheduled to play
- Unfounded, as gossip
- Having time on one's hands
- Just twiddling the thumbs
- Going nowhere
- Not scheduled to compete
- On one's duff
- Just loafing
- Not doing anything
- No longer working
- Out of work
- Not in operation
- What a getaway car may be waiting in
- Potentially going into screen saver mode
- Just sitting around
- "___ hands are the devil's tools"
- On break, say
- Kill time
- Barely run the engine
- Empty, as talk
- Laid off
- Out of a job
- Kind of threat
- Internet chat status
- Run while standing still
- In a hammock, maybe
- Away from a chat program, say
- Having a day off
- Not lifting a finger
- ___ talk
- Like a couch potato
- Do nothing
- Kind of chat
- Take it easy
- Loafing around
- "___ hands are the devil's playthings"
- "Monty Python" regular
- Run in neutral
- Not in use
- Run in place
- Lay off
- Not working
- Eric of "Monty Python"
- Not at work
- Not occupied
- Wait at the light
- Off the job
- Nothing doing?
- In neutral
- Twiddling one's thumbs
- Kind of talk
- Not busy
- Out of action
- Run at the curb
- Not going anywhere
- Like some hands
- At rest
- Goofing off
- Like some fears
- Like some chatter
- Not engaged
- Run without moving
- Not playing
- Just lying around
- Like some threats
- Like some rumors
- Leave in neutral
- Barely run, as an engine
- Run while standing
- Kind of hands that are "the devil's playthings"
- Sitting on one's hands
- Between assignments
- Doing nothing
- Mark time
- Asleep, say
- Kind of speculation
- Taking a break from work
- Just twiddling oneвЂ™s thumbs
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Idle \I"dle\, a. [Compar. Idler; superl. Idlest.] [OE. idel, AS. [=i]del vain, empty, useless; akin to OS. [=i]dal, D. ijdel, OHG. [=i]tal vain, empty, mere, G. eitel, Dan. & Sw. idel mere, pure, and prob. to Gr. ? clear, pure, ? to burn. Cf. Ether.]
Of no account; useless; vain; trifling; unprofitable; thoughtless; silly; barren. ``Deserts idle.''
Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
--Matt. xii. 36.
Down their idle weapons dropped.
This idle story became important.
Not called into active service; not turned to appropriate use; unemployed; as, idle hours.
The idle spear and shield were high uphing.
Not employed; unoccupied with business; inactive; doing nothing; as, idle workmen.
Why stand ye here all the day idle?
--Matt. xx. 6.
Given rest and ease; averse to labor or employment; lazy; slothful; as, an idle fellow.
Light-headed; foolish. [Obs.]
Idle pulley (Mach.), a pulley that rests upon a belt to tighten it; a pulley that only guides a belt and is not used to transmit power.
Idle wheel (Mach.), a gear wheel placed between two others, to transfer motion from one to the other without changing the direction of revolution.
In idle, in vain. [Obs.] ``God saith, thou shalt not take the name of thy Lord God in idle.''
Syn: Unoccupied; unemployed; vacant; inactive; indolent; sluggish; slothful; useless; ineffectual; futile; frivolous; vain; trifling; unprofitable; unimportant.
Usage: Idle, Indolent, Lazy. A propensity to inaction is expressed by each of these words; they differ in the cause and degree of this characteristic. Indolent denotes an habitual love to ease, a settled dislike of movement or effort; idle is opposed to busy, and denotes a dislike of continuous exertion. Lazy is a stronger and more contemptuous term than indolent.
Idle \I"dle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Idled; p. pr. & vb. n.
To lose or spend time in inaction, or without being employed
Idle \I"dle\, v. t. To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; -- often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English idel "empty, void; vain; worthless, useless; not employed," common West Germanic (cognates: Old Saxon idal, Old Frisian idel "empty, worthless," Old Dutch idil, Old High German ital, German eitel "vain, useless, mere, pure"), of unknown origin. Idle threats preserves original sense; meaning "lazy" is c.1300.
late 15c., "make vain or worthless," from idle (adj.). Meaning "spend or waste (time)" is from 1650s. Meaning "cause to be idle" is from 1789. Sense of "running slowly and steadily without transmitting power" (as a motor) first recorded 1916. Related: Idled; idling.
1 (lb en obsolete) empty, vacant. 2 Not turned to appropriate use; not occupy. 3 Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing. 4 averse to work, labor or employment; lazy; slothful. 5 Of no importance; useless; worthless; vain; trifling; thoughtless; silly. 6 (lb en obsolete) Light-headed; foolish. v
1 (context transitive English) To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume. 2 (context intransitive English) To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business. 3 (context intransitive English) Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick over.
adj. not in action or at work; "an idle laborer"; "idle drifters"; "the idle rich"; "an idle mind" [ant: busy]
without a basis in reason or fact; "baseless gossip"; "the allegations proved groundless"; "idle fears"; "unfounded suspicions"; "unwarranted jealousy" [syn: baseless, groundless, unfounded, unwarranted]
not in active use; "the machinery sat idle during the strike"; "idle hands" [syn: unused]
silly or trivial; "idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter" [syn: light]
lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility; "idle talk"; "a loose tongue" [syn: loose]
not yielding a return; "dead capital"; "idle funds" [syn: dead]
Idle (idling) is a term which generally refers to a lack of motion and/or energy.
Idle generally refers to a lack of motion or energy.
Idle may also refer to:
Idling refers to running a vehicle's engine when the vehicle is not in motion. This commonly occurs when drivers are stopped at a red light, waiting while parked outside a business or residence, or otherwise stationary with the engine running. When idling, the engine runs without any loads except the engine accessories.
IDLE (Integrated DeveLopment Environment or Integrated Development and Learning Environment) is an integrated development environment for Python, which has been bundled with the default implementation of the language since 1.5.2b1. It is packaged as an optional part of the Python packaging with many Linux distributions. It is completely written in Python and the Tkinter GUI toolkit ( wrapper functions for Tcl/ Tk).
IDLE is intended to be a simple IDE and suitable for beginners, especially in an educational environment. To that end, it is cross-platform, and avoids feature clutter.
According to the included README, its main features are:
- Multi-window text editor with syntax highlighting, autocompletion, smart indent and other.
- Python shell with syntax highlighting.
- Integrated debugger with stepping, persistent breakpoints, and call stack visibility.
IDLE has been criticized for various usability issues, including losing focus, lack of copying to clipboard feature, lack of line numbering options, and general user interface design; it has been called a "disposable" IDE, because users frequently move on to a more advanced IDE as they gain experience.
Author Guido van Rossum says IDLE stands for "Integrated DeveLopment Environment", and since van Rossum named the language Python partly to honor British comedy group Monty Python, the name IDLE was probably also chosen partly to honor Eric Idle, one of Monty Python's founding members.
Every program or task that runs on a computer system occupies a certain amount of processing time on the CPU. If the CPU has completed all tasks it is idle.
Modern processors use idle time to save power. Common methods are reducing the clock speed along with the CPU voltage and sending parts of the processor into a sleep state. On processors that have a halt instruction that stops the CPU until an interrupt occurs, such as x86's HLT instruction, it may save significant amounts of power and heat if the idle task consists of a loop which repeatedly executes HLT instructions.
Most operating systems will display an idle task, which is a special task loaded by the OS scheduler only when there is nothing for the computer to do. The idle task can be hard-coded into the scheduler, or it can be implemented as a separate task with the lowest possible priority. An advantage of the latter approach is that programs monitoring the system status can see the idle task along with all other tasks; an example is Windows NT's System Idle Process.
Some programs are designed to make use of CPU idle time, meaning that they run at a low priority so as not to impact programs that run at normal priority. This allows non-crucial background programs to only run when it would not affect the performance of other applications. Programs like this may cause the CPU to be at 100% utilization all the time which causes the CPU to consume more power, since most modern CPUs can enter power-save modes when they are completely idle.
Usage examples of "idle".
The fireball also blew the aft stack apart, and with it the number-two boiler, which caused a steam explosion from the idling high-pressure steam drum.
Anne walked slowly, idling through wooded glades and along avenues of ancient ahuehuete trees, massive giants that must have stood when Montezuma of the Aztecs was king.
Too exhausted and miserable to attempt idle conversation, Alec pressed into his corner without reply.
For some time the captain idled about the garden, keeping as far away from the arbour as possible, and doing his best to suppress a decayed but lively mariner named Captain Sellers, who lived two doors off.
Evangeline-fixe, since she keeps trying to distract me with speculations on idle playing among the auberge clientele, the political implications of Exile, and other anthropological amusements.
Now has Bertrand made his plea and complaint to the emperor in the hearing of all, but they consider him an idle babbler because he says that he has seen the empress stark naked.
Shape-ups were held in the predawn down by the Vineland courthouse, shadowy brown buses idling in the dark, work and wages posted silently in the windows some mornings Zoyd had gone down, climbed on, ridden out with other newcomers, all cherry to the labor market up here, former artists or spiritual pilgrims now becoming choker setters, waiters and waitresses, baggers and checkout clerks, tree workers, truckdrivers, and framers, or taking temporary swamping jobs like this, all in the service of others, the ones who did the building, selling, buying and speculating.
The evening thoroughfares of Pelek Baw were crowded as always, but beings of all species hastily stepped aside for the idling gunship cruising through the city at street level.
Meanwhile we exhausted ourselves in efforts to get at the heart of the mystery, and after a couple of years had gone by I could see that Vivian begall to sicken a little of the adventure, and one night he told me with some emotion that he feared both our lives were being passed away in idle and hopeless endeavour.
But the life-cry of that love has long since hissed away into no more than this idle and bitchy faggotry.
Three nicely buffed executive wives without husbands, down from the large stone houses in the hills to the west, idled over glasses of chardonnay in the nonsmoking section.
Stuart Buffin undoubtedly witnessed was an Initiative Test, It is something that the Army has lately thought up to give employment to otherwise idle warriors.
The virusteel deckplating hummed with the distant throb of idling Bussard drives.
Cugel descended to the pens where a dozen worms idled at the surface of the water, or moved slowly to the thrust of their caudal flukes.
Yama and Telmon had most of the major verses of the Puranas by heart, and were guided by Zakiel to read extensively in chrestomathies and incunabulae, but while Telmon dutifully followed the program Zakiel set out, Yama preferred to idle time away dreaming over bestiaries, prosopographies and mapsmost especially maps.