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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.


n. A delay. vb. (present participle of delay English)

Usage examples of "delaying".

Risk involved in delaying until Blucher leaves the delta before engaging her is too high.

It is the shrunken and shriveled remains of a large pouch of the intestine which once opened into the cecum, and was used originally as a sort of second stomach for delaying and digesting the remains of the food.

And then that damned Fabius Cunctator with his delaying tactics put paid to my dweam.

The Duce is more than ever convinced of the necessity of delaying the conflict.

He and his crew had been waiting so long for Falk to say that the right time had come, but if Falk still insisted on delaying there was nothing anyone could do.

But for the next two weeks, until my transition to F was complete, someone at the Feen made excuses to PDQ Systems, delaying the start of my employment there.

We were fighting a delaying action in the meetings of Hierocracy, manipulating votes, kidnapping Patriarchs that sort of thing.

This honest man to recompence our entertainment, promised to give my master some corne, oyle, and two bottels of wine : wherefore my master not delaying the matter, laded me with sackes and bottels, and rode to the Towne which was seaven miles off.

General Neame had been ordered, if pressed, to fight a delaying action back to near Benghazi, and to cover that port as long as possible.

But the king was delaying, allowing Magoon and Otred to maneuver against his buildups.

She stopped at the pawnshop on her way in, placing a sign on the door, delaying her opening hour until eleven.

By 1948, it had also become obvious that the Soviets were delaying repatriation in order to subject prisoners to intensive indoctrination, so that they might contribute to communist agitation on their return.

Honigalus bade you use your Weathermaker sigil to speed our vessels along to Cala Bay, while delaying the Tarnian mercenaries who were coming to the aid of Cathra.

I cut in two: heere the river became narrower, 8, 9 or 10 foote at a high water, and 6 or 7 at a lowe: the stream exceeding swift, and the bottom hard channell, the ground most part a low plaine, sandy soyle, this occasioned me to suppose it might issue from some lake or some broad ford, for it could not be far to the head, but rather then I would endanger the barge, yet to have beene able to resolve this doubt, and to discharge the imputating malicious tungs, that halfe suspected I durst not for so long delaying, some of the company, as desirous as myself, we resolved to hier a canow, and returne with the barge to Apocant, there to leave the barge secure, and put ourselves upon the adventure: the country onely a vast and wilde wilderness, and but only that Towne: within three or foure mile we hired a canow, and 2 Indians to row us ye next day a fowling: having made such provision for the barge as was needfull, I left her there to ride, with expresse charge not any to go ashore til my returne.

When Sweden complained in the summer of 1915 that Britain was delaying her messages, Britain informed her that it had positive knowledge of the unneutral practice.