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a delayed reaction (=a reaction that comes some time after an event)
▪ You’re suffering a delayed reaction to the accident.
a delaying tactic (=an action which gives you more time)
▪ His enemies believed that his sickness was just another delaying tactic.
a flight is delayed (=it is late leaving)
▪ Her flight was delayed and she arrived over an hour late.
cause (a) delay
▪ Bad weather caused delays at many airports.
delay sb's departure (=make it later)
▪ I decided to delay my departure by a few days.
delay the onset of sth
▪ An active and healthy lifestyle can delay the onset of disease in later life.
delaying tactic
long silence/pause/delay etc
▪ There was a long silence before anybody spoke.
undue delay
▪ The kick should be taken without undue delay.
unforeseen problems/difficulties/delays
▪ unforeseen delays in supplying the equipment
▪ Collection can involve a considerable time delay especially if exchange control regulations have to be satisfied.
▪ After a considerable delay and some confusion, he was told to wait.
▪ The main problem for this index is the considerable delay before publication.
▪ They were allowed to board without further delay.
▪ At the hearing, university officials agreed to register him without further delay.
▪ There can be no possible excuse for any further delay.
▪ However, Rodman said the state only agreed to the clean-up plan to avoid further delays.
▪ But further delay could be dangerous.
▪ A deputation of Confederates had come to demand that he and his men evacuate the fort without further delay.
▪ A further delay before I am on my feet and, in fact, it is now tomorrow.
▪ The doctor awoke an hour before he arrived and, calling for hot water, delivered the child without further delay.
▪ Drivers faced lengthy delays on the sodden A4 between Newbury and Hungerford.
▪ That means long lines and lengthy delays at skycap stations and ticket counters.
▪ This restrictive covenant is often included in village or rural sites and can result in lengthy delays and extreme frustration.
▪ The longer the delay, the more difficult integration becomes.
▪ And finally, the bottom line, is the budget approved without long delay and nit-picking?
▪ Attendance at clinic is probably encouraged by avoiding long delays and making the visit worthwhile.
▪ The book lags in the middle, the pacing slowed by an overly long delay in getting to the murder scene.
▪ To wait until their children are in the secondary stage may seem a long time for delay.
▪ David Campos, the chief investigator, is troubled by the long delay.
▪ Eddie Browning says he's angry over long delays facing other prisoners seeking appeal hearings.
▪ When there is a long delay in starting treatment, the depression may be prolonged.
▪ In the meantime, the slight delay would allow him to run down his quarry.
▪ The good news is that both are worth the slight delay.
▪ Despite the slight delay the audience gave the band a rousing welcome and were rewarded with two superb sets.
▪ There was a slight delay in the departure of her scheduled plane out of Dulles International.
▪ A slight delay as you skirt round it.
▪ Sometimes it is necessary to wait for an incoming aircraft which might cause a slight delay before you proceed to the resort.
▪ In fact, had the recognised procedure been followed, there might have been some slight additional delay.
▪ Assuming no undue delays this means that telematics may be adopted in the next few weeks.
▪ This simply slows the flow of traffic and causes unnecessary and frustrating delays.
▪ The jackets had to go back to the sweatshop, making for an unnecessary and annoying delay.
▪ Optimal treatment of attacks can be life saving but suboptimal treatment or unnecessary delay in the provision of care can be fatal.
▪ This is limited by the delay line chip, but signal levels of up to at least one volt r.m.s. can be accommodated.
▪ IC2 is used as the buffer stage in the active lowpass filter ahead of the delay line.
▪ This reverberation unit is based on a c.c.d. delay line that has been designed specifically for operation in reverberation circuits.
▪ The high-pass filter is unsuitable for use as a delay line because the delay in the pass band depends markedly on frequency.
▪ Many early computers were serial, since they were built round serial storage media such as delay lines.
▪ The best one is a digitally produced effect using a digital delay line having at least 16-bit resolution.
▪ The two-phase clock signal for the delay line is provided by a matching clock generator chip.
▪ This also generates a bias signal required by the delay line chip.
▪ This time delay can have safety and/or economic consequences hence the need to accelerate the experts' diagnosis and decision processes.
▪ Collection can involve a considerable time delay especially if exchange control regulations have to be satisfied.
▪ No time delay is associated with this method.
▪ If further steps are to be performed a time delay is needed before the next excitation change.
▪ By next year there will be no time delay between releases of software for the different architectures, promises Zander.
▪ There is a similar expression for the time delay from N to Venus.
▪ All the scores for the trials which involved the same time delay were totalled up.
▪ The mean number of letters recalled across the 12 subjects for each time delay was then calculated.
▪ Work must be programmed to avoid delay between tasks, and instructions issued promptly.
▪ However, Rodman said the state only agreed to the clean-up plan to avoid further delays.
▪ Attendance at clinic is probably encouraged by avoiding long delays and making the visit worthwhile.
▪ Hoping to avoid delays and embarrassing publicity, in July the council started quietly pressuring Pike to disengage from the venture.
▪ The purchaser should identify the need for an independent valuation as early as possible to avoid subsequent delay nearer completion.
▪ Fortunately, my passengers spot it and we avoid delays and costly repairs.
▪ This is less odd than it looks: it pays creditors to avoid the delays and legal costs of chapter 11.
▪ The system thus avoids the seemingly interminable delays that bedevil on-line services when they are used to transmit graphics.
▪ One train broke down, causing a two-hour delay.
▪ Now that in itself would cause major delays.
▪ Fans were taken by bus from Portadown to Dundalk, causing delays of up to two hours in their journey.
▪ There also is a bug when searching by date that can cause delays in query time.
▪ This may cause some delay to processing orders in this period.
▪ However, many experts predict economic and financial obstacles will cause a delay of several years.
▪ It's been caused by a delay in the operation to move a bridge crossing the M4 near the Severn estuary.
▪ Auto accident cases inflate insurance premiums for every-one and cause endless delays in payments to the injured.
▪ Traffic warning: Drivers can expect delays and congestion when the Gateshead viaduct is closed for six months for re-waterproofing.
▪ An appointment has been made for this morning, but there is expected to be a delay before results are known.
▪ The political standoff led to a six-month delay in passing this year's budget.
▪ The correct size was ordered, but this led to a delay of three to four weeks.
▪ If either is unmanageable it will create stress and lead to mistakes and delays.
▪ The increase, he said, could lead to more delays at airports.
▪ To compound the problem, language barriers may lead to delays in evacuating buildings when fires break out.
▪ Under-resourcing over many years had led to inordinate delays.
▪ But he's a rare breed and the lack of retained firefighters is leading to worrying delays for Oxfordshire's fire service.
▪ It claims that the stringent tests applied to chemical additives would lead to unacceptable delays in the introduction of genetically-altered foods.
▪ Might this mean years of delay?
▪ It takes between 10 and 15 years to exhaust all appeals, and lack of defense attorneys can mean a two-year delay.
▪ And that can only mean more delays.
▪ If that means delay, so be it; prudent decision making takes time.
▪ The ruling could mean years of further delay.
▪ New trains have significantly reduced delays.
▪ It aims to provide information via the internet and e-mail to reduce delays to about five days.
▪ What steps has my right hon. Friend taken to reduce those delays?
▪ This strategy has worked well for two years, reducing delays suffered by our passengers.
▪ Lack of awareness of late presentation of traumatic rupture of the diaphragm in children may result in a delay in diagnosis.
▪ This often results in delay - postponing the choice by finding an excuse or setting an unnecessarily long timescale.
▪ Are not consumers still being denied freedom of choice, resulting in delays in the introduction of more humane systems of husbandry?
▪ Rather than pay the bribes and suffer the losses resulting from delays, people took the risk of fines for disobeying the law.
▪ This restrictive covenant is often included in village or rural sites and can result in lengthy delays and extreme frustration.
▪ After three months' delay, work finally began on the new building.
▪ Any delay in the production process is costly to a company.
▪ The strike is causing long delays at the airport
▪ There have been a lot of complaints about delays in issuing passports.
▪ We went to the court and asked for a delay to continue preparing our defense.
▪ Cleveland Police have apologised to 73-year-old Bessie Marron for the delay.
▪ Darlington Community Health Council yesterday discussed the problem of delays in reaching patients who live in the more remote areas of Teesdale.
▪ The reason for the delay became apparent in Angell and Pownall's report.
▪ There is a seven-second delay between transmission of the radio signal and when it can be heard on computer.
▪ This is done by deliberately putting delays into the circuitry.
▪ Voice over Nuclear Electric were making light of the delay and praised the way the mock emergency was being handled.
▪ Well, he'd see to that presently, after he'd explained the delay.
▪ First-quarter results, which have been delayed because of the investigation, showed a profit, he added.
▪ New York trading of Loral shares is delayed because of an order imbalance.
▪ We were further delayed getting back on station by a detour for me to the south end of Duke Street.
▪ Its presence on the stage may be further delayed because it would involve restructuring society.
▪ Comas recovered, although he was further delayed by Damon Hill, to finish second ahead of Morbidelli.
▪ In Washington, President Carter was delighted that the Shah's arrival in the states would be further delayed.
▪ A conservative coalition of Democrat and Republican congressmen developed which could delay further reforms, and sometimes block them altogether.
▪ It was found that decisions about placements were often long delayed while efforts were made to solve the family's problems.
▪ Proof of the growing estrangement between the masses and their new rulers was not long delayed.
▪ I hope my next instalment will not be long delayed.
▪ Mungo found the work satisfying, though he was anxious not to delay long before investigating Vic's headquarters.
▪ The disgust had been long delayed.
▪ By establishing a paradigm for psychological investigation that lasted for some forty years, behaviourists seriously delayed the understanding of human cognition.
▪ If the walk was to take place, it could not be seriously delayed.
▪ These reflections take more round-about routes than the direct sounds, and are therefore delayed slightly relative to the direct sounds.
▪ Their tough stance followed talks at Camp David in which Mr Bush agreed to delay action until the new year.
▪ The delaying action kept the case out of court and minimized bad publicity until after he won re-election.
▪ Indeed if a plaintiff delays his action unreasonably he may not even get his 2 percent.
▪ Was it fair to anybody to delay action which might hurt innocent investors?
▪ Majority Nationalist Party agreed to advance debate on the proposals after earlier saying they wanted to delay action.
▪ The Panel is not sympathetic to delay in making an announcement occasioned by an unsuccessful application for suspension.
▪ The idea of delaying announcement dates would soon hold no mirth at Bandley 3.
▪ But they are likely to delay formal announcements until mid-October.
▪ But that would be perfectly possible without delaying Mrs. Bidwell's arrival.
▪ Due to his delayed arrival, Chun himself escaped injury.
▪ Present value: If you delay paying a bill, you can earn interest on the money in the meantime.
▪ This, Mr Bates said, would remove the financial incentive for businesses to delay payment of bills.
▪ On the facts the accused was not guilty if he intended merely to delay paying a hotel bill of £1,286.
▪ Release of the report was delayed two days by a severe winter storm.
▪ Description and decision are delayed until an extended visual search is completed.
▪ Without sufficient information, a selection decision should be delayed until the book has appeared.
▪ Moreover, abortion as a method allowed decision making to be delayed until material circumstances could be assessed.
▪ In the first place he had been in to his office and delayed their departure until after lunch.
▪ The other night, I delayed my departure by 15 minutes.
▪ In the case of a major delay on your homeward journey, we shall endeavour to delay your departure from your hotel.
▪ It will only delay my departure and do no good.
▪ Sam, without any hesitation had agreed knowing that to wait for the first available fireman would delay his train's departure.
▪ I got sick, as I so often had at times of unbearable tension, which delayed our departure for a month.
▪ It would mean delaying her own departure, when she wanted the break to be swift and clean.
▪ Telling him would mean more questions and delay her departure.
▪ In Grampian difficulties with the GPass computer system delayed the development of fundholding, and these problems are still being overcome.
▪ Their fantastic onslaughts undoubtedly delayed the development of the great civilizations that were their neighbours.
▪ Many people in organisations have the power to delay or distort developments.
▪ Some commissioners wanted to delay the development of performance standards until student testing has begun.
▪ This success was to be repeated, albeit less convincingly, eighteen months later when much-delayed legislative elections were held.
▪ What we do is to picture the current situation altered to the extent that Mrs Thatcher delays the election.
▪ Pervez Musharraf, delayed his flight home because of a bomb threat.
▪ He said the airline was now working to clear the backlog, with the delayed flights expected to depart within 24 hours.
▪ He said the delayed flights will leave within 24 hours.
▪ New Jersey Transit trains were all delayed 15 minutes.
▪ The display was delayed for five minutes to allow the queues of cars to park.
▪ Our meeting was delayed for ten minutes.
▪ The Colchester players left the field while police and club stewards restored order, with play being delayed for about five minutes.
▪ Using the scoring method of Palmeri, good myocardial function was preserved until therapy was delayed beyond 180 minutes.
▪ The net result is that the lack of that information results in the application being delayed for many months.
▪ Paul Reichmann asked me to delay everything for two months and I agreed.
▪ If Labour win the election all road building and improvement schemes will be delayed by at least six months.
▪ This is usually about 18 days after infection, but it may be delayed for several months when arrested larval development occurs.
▪ Magistrates agreed to delay sentencing for three months so he could take the holiday.
▪ The plenum had been delayed for several months, allegedly because of divisions over economic policy between the central and provincial authorities.
▪ Mr Guerin was to have been sentenced yesterday but this has now been delayed by up to two months.
▪ Fig. 6.8 shows how increased bucket size delays the onset of synonym occurrence in a well randomized file.
▪ They also delay sleep onset, increase the chances of waking after sleep onset occurs, and decrease total sleep time.
▪ Breastfeeding can delay the onset of menstruation for three years.
▪ Of course it makes sense to delay the onset of drug use among kids.
▪ It may delay the onset of Aids, even if only by a small amount.
▪ That means we can delay putting plans in for the reservoir.
▪ The new discovery, of weakness in welded joints, may delay plans to reopen the plant's two reactors.
▪ Failure to account for the missing could complicate or delay plans to tow the vessel away.
▪ Further opt-out votes for other schools may soon be brought forward to delay the plans more.
▪ The congenital apathetic inefficiency bred by the regime as the best way of keeping people down had also delayed the demolition process.
▪ Finally, I delayed the committee process.
▪ Complex formatting will take up your time and delay the editorial process.
▪ The completion of the Single Market need not delay the process of enlarging the Community.
▪ It delays the process and, nomatterhow good the system, is always prone to quirks.
▪ Since that time bureaucratic foot-dragging and dare it be said? politics have continued to delay the project.
▪ Political opposition by Republicans in Congress delayed the project, however, and Triana lost its slot in the shuttle schedule.
▪ BCertain to delay the project is the so-called Armageddon lawsuit that South Pasadena plans to file.
▪ The field work had started in 1907 but the extremely complex geology and the war years had delayed the project.
▪ This would inevitably delay the start of its construction.
▪ Rain often delays the start of the growing cycle and can interfere with the harvest.
▪ Couples seem to be delaying the start of a family even though they then go on to complete it within the same time.
▪ In particular, it might be appropriate to delay the start of the course to September 1990, rather than 1989. 7.
▪ Organisers delayed the start to avoid that, but nine outside the top 15 finished among the points.
▪ We could have delayed the trial until the tax business was settled.
▪ Senators, however, delayed a vote until Thursday on a bill that would make sure the state is repaid.
▪ The flight began in July but was delayed for two weeks until early August following initial problems with take-off at high altitudes.
▪ Mainly because of Mr Pramual's opposition a much needed increase in interest rates was delayed until last week.
▪ Even her departure had been delayed for weeks for want of the funds necessary to fit out her ship and escort.
▪ While there Mozart attempted to arrange a concert, though his plans were delayed by one week.
▪ But then came the news his immigration application had been delayed a few weeks because he's a diabetic.
▪ She decided to delay the moment, however, and increase her expectation by leaving the letter until later on.
▪ They decide to delay warning the public of dangers from airbags until a cooperative solution can be reached. 1992&038;.
▪ Occasionally it will be necessary to decide to refuse or delay access to certain items of information.
▪ Manager Alan Murray has been forced to delay team selection for tomorrow night's visit to the Midlands.
▪ Rodman had been waiting to sign the contract because of pneumonia that forced him to delay a team physical.
▪ He decided to delay his departure until after he'd seen the Director.
▪ Our flight was delayed by bad weather.
▪ The opening of the new bridge may be delayed for several months.
▪ The plane's departure was delayed by mechanical problems.
▪ The police delayed making any announcement until the girl's relatives had been contacted.
▪ The President's visit had to be delayed because of security problems.
▪ This latest terrorist attack is bound to delay the peace talks even further.
▪ We cannot delay any longer.
▪ Full implementation was delayed until after the Companies Act 1989 had come into effect.
▪ Mr MacGregor said that he would delay introducing the scheme because of the demands made on teachers by other educational reforms.
▪ Present value: If you delay paying a bill, you can earn interest on the money in the meantime.
▪ Rodman had been waiting to sign the contract because of pneumonia that forced him to delay a team physical.
▪ Since that time bureaucratic foot-dragging and dare it be said? politics have continued to delay the project.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Delay \De*lay"\, n.; pl. Delays. [F. d['e]lai, fr. OF. deleer to delay, or fr. L. dilatum, which, though really from a different root, is used in Latin only as a p. p. neut. of differre to carry apart, defer, delay. See Tolerate, and cf. Differ, Delay, v.] A putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance.

Without any delay, on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat.
--Acts xxv. 17.

The government ought to be settled without the delay of a day.


Delay \De*lay"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delayed; p. pr. & vb. n. Delaying.] [OF. deleer, delaier, fr. the noun d['e]lai, or directly fr. L. dilatare to enlarge, dilate, in LL., to put off. See Delay, n., and cf. Delate, 1st Defer, Dilate.]

  1. To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before.

    My lord delayeth his coming.
    --Matt. xxiv. 48.

  2. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time; to retard the motion, or time of arrival, of; as, the mail is delayed by a heavy fall of snow.

    Thyrsis! whose artful strains have oft delayed The huddling brook to hear his madrigal.

  3. To allay; to temper. [Obs.]

    The watery showers delay the raging wind.


Delay \De*lay"\, v. i. To move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry.

There seem to be certain bounds to the quickness and slowness of the succession of those ideas, . . . beyond which they can neither delay nor hasten.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French delaiier, from de- "away, from" (see de-) + laier "leave, let," probably a variant of Old French laissier, from Latin laxare "slacken, undo" (see lax). Related: Delayed; delaying.


mid-13c., from Old French delaie, from delaiier (see delay (v.)).


Etymology 1 n. A period of time before an event occurs; the act of delaying; procrastination; lingering inactivity. vb. 1 To put off until a later time; to defer. 2 To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context obsolete English) To dilute, temper. 2 (context obsolete English) To assuage, quench, allay.

  1. n. time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action" [syn: hold, time lag, postponement, wait]

  2. the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time [syn: holdup]

  3. v. cause to be slowed down or delayed; "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"; "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform" [syn: detain, hold up] [ant: rush]

  4. act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"

  5. stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!" [syn: stay, detain]

  6. slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development" [syn: check, retard]


Delay may refer to:

  • Latency (disambiguation)
  • Response time (disambiguation)
Delay (audio effect)

Delay is an audio effect which records an input signal to an audio storage medium, and then plays it back after a period of time. The delayed signal may either be played back multiple times, or played back into the recording again, to create the sound of a repeating, decaying echo. Delay effects range from a subtle echo effect to a pronounced blending of previous sounds with new sounds. Delay effects can be created using tape loops, an approach developed in the 1940s and 1950s; analog effects units, which were introduced in the 1970s; digital effects pedals, introduced in 1984; and audio software plugins, developed in the 2000s.

Usage examples of "delay".

O Queen Rabesqurat, the haven of our voyage was Aklis, and we feared delay, seeing the fire of the mountain ablaze with expectations of us.

You appear to consider this a point of honor, and it may be for this reason, that you have delayed acknowledging your name.

France, are not willing to make an end of the war, I am determined to act vigorously and aggressively without great delay .

The commons appeared determined no longer to brook a delay of the agrarian law, and extreme violence was on the eve of being resorted to, when it was ascertained from the burning of the country-houses and the flight of the peasants that the Volscians were at hand: this circumstance checked the sedition that was now ripe and almost breaking out.

He noticed that when he veered his feet delayed, did not achieve that harmonious coordination that an airman acquires like a sort of reflex.

The most fertile districts of the habitable globe are now actually cultivated by men for animals, at a delay and waste of aliment absolutely incapable of calculation.

Whether or not her concerns had been allayed, she set about her work without further delay, and in short order, a feeling of well-being suffused my limbs.

It meant another two-week delay as they chased down and answered the allegation, Gray said.

Sir Alured had said that on such an occasion he, the heir, ought to be on the property with the shortest possible delay.

Perhaps it is not surprising that lingering prejudices and the sudden change of situation should have restrained Southern white men from granting these privileges, but it must always be mentioned to the credit of the colored man that he gave his vote for amnesty to his former master when his demand for delay would have obstructed the passage of the measure.

Gaius Marius received a letter from Publius Rutilius Rufus, long delayed en route by a series of appalling storms.

Several of them, including Senator Lott and Representative Dick Armey, criticized the timing of the attacks, saying I had ordered them in order to delay the House vote on impeachment.

Besides Bob Dole and Newt Gingrich, the Republican team included Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi, and two Texans, Congressman Dick Armey, the House majority leader, and Congressman Tom DeLay, the House majority whip.

Dennis Hastert of Illinois, a stocky former wrestling coach who was quite conservative but less abrasive and confrontational than Gingrich, Armey, and DeLay.

Older representatives of this culture such as Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms have retired, only to be followed by younger figures such as Tom DeLay, Newt Gingrich, Trent Lott, James Inhofe and Dick Armey, who perpetuate their tradition.