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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.


n. (plural of delay English) vb. (en-third-person singular of: delay)


Delays are an English indie band formed in Southampton, consisting of brothers Greg and Aaron Gilbert, Colin Fox and Rowly. The band's sound combines guitar and synths and features Greg Gilbert's distinctive falsetto lead vocals. They have released four albums to date, the first three of which made the Top 30 in the UK Albums Chart.

Usage examples of "delays".

Though I fear for any delays, I do not believe that we would be able to bring the spokesmen together any sooner.

But what, he asked himself, if the delays were caused by more than innate caution, more than a reluctance to face the need for butchery, more than the dictates of all the books on strategy?

Greeley had warily consented to Gilmore's scheme, but when the go-between acted mainly as an apologist for Lincoln's delays on emancipation, Greeley ordered Gay to ignore him.

He possessed my full confidence, until I became satisfied that his delays would gravely injure our cause.

Between now and then, he could call attention to his delays and suggest that the "staff talk" of Key and others might be behind his caution.

His delays are dreadful, and that's an excuse for sacking him, but McClellan and his crowd must be removed because of all the compromising on slavery they stand for.

Should I be able to get out in tolerable time and any extraordinary delays attend the sailing of the vessel I shall certainly do myself the honor of waiting on his Excy Count Rochambeau at his Head quarters and assuring him in person of my high respect and esteem for him -- an object of which I have never lost sight.

The present delays therefore are imputed to their coldness & to their forms.

It is not impossible therefore but that she may secretly encourage the delays of the Dutch & hasten the preparations of the Porte while she is recovering vigour herself and, in order to be able to present such a combination to the emperor as may dictate to him to be quiet.

The distance of the former and the cautious, unassuming character of it's minister here is one cause of delays: a greater one is the greediness and instable character of the emperor.

Domingo delays their taking possession of Louisiana, and they are in the last distress for money for current purposes.

The delays had caused considerable complications, but they weren’t a factor now.

The loss of the Velociraptor and the delays in the ABM tests had complicated everything.

All morning they moved on with comparative ease, retarded only by the ordinary delays consequent upon clearing a road for the big trucks where trees had to be thinned.

Men on foot could not have overtaken the horsemen, and no motor could traverse the trail they had followed without long delays for clearing trail in many places.