Find the word definition

Crossword clues for delayed

The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.


vb. (en-past of: delay)

  1. adj. caused to be slower or later; "the delayed plane finally arrived" [ant: expedited]

  2. not as far along as normal in development


Usage examples of "delayed".

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

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

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

Just as we were starting on again the voortrekker, whom I had set to watch at a little distance, ran up with his eyes bulging out of his head, and reported that he had seen a Basuto with an assegai hanging about in the bush, as though to keep touch with us, after which we delayed no more.

Some 250 of these new escort vessels had been authorized in January 1942, but the shifting of priority work in American shipyards to beaching and landing craft for the cross-Channel operation that never came off so delayed the program that by 2 June only 42 had been launched.

Whether Farlan delayed Broc and his men for the purpose of letting them escape or simply because he did not like the man mattered not at all to Tayg.

The service can be erratic and buses are sometimes delayed, but there is a stop at the end of the road and I rarely have to wait more than five minutes.

Some delayed band of the Chud came racing from among the ruins--fifty or a hundred.

Towards the ninth or tenth day everyone in the army knew and liked me, and I was expecting the passport, which could not be delayed much longer.

Harold had, with commendable forethought, brought with her a big box of crullers, in nowise disturbed by the thought that it might spoil their appetites for the delayed luncheon.

Errors, caused perhaps by garbled interceptions or simple mistakes in the cryptanalysis, jarred these delicate analyses and delayed the work.

Performing his perfunctory duties as acting sergeant had delayed Emel and by the time he had arrived at the palace stables the others of his company had been and gone.

She went to the transporter and set it for delayed energize, being careful not to alter the coordinates.

Clearly all that we could do was to trust to our sense of feeling, and attempt the passage in the dark, so in we crept, fearing that if we delayed to do so our exhaustion would overcome us, and we should probably lie down and die where we were.

Delayed by the fastenings that Foon Koo had replaced, the master of vengeance had arrived just in time to check the escape of the robbers.