- of or relating to a particle, as a neutron or alpha particle, that is emitted from an excited nucleus formed in a nuclear reaction, the emission occurring some time after the reaction is completed.
- to put off to a later time; defer; postpone: The pilot delayed the flight until the weather cleared.
- to impede the process or progress of; retard; hinder: The dense fog delayed the plane's landing.
- to put off action; linger; loiter: He delayed until it was too late.
- the act of delaying; procrastination; loitering.
- an instance of being delayed: There were many delays during the train trip.
- the period or amount of time during which something is delayed: The ballet performance began after a half-hour delay.
Origin of delay
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Examples from the Web for delayed
Then he'd call back the next day and say the trip had been delayed.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
While difficult to estimate exact numbers, thousands of Americans die every year because of delayed or denied claims.My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
November 24, 2014
We are looking at the results of what happens when justice is delayed or denied.Riot Prep Could Fuel Ferguson Violence
November 13, 2014
But, together, Webster, Clay, and Calhoun delayed the Civil War for 40 years.Election Day Is Scarier Than Halloween
P. J. O’Rourke
November 1, 2014
To add to the authenticity (and giving the kitchen the benefit of the doubt), the flight is delayed a few minutes.Join The Mile High (Dining) Club
September 26, 2014
It was a very great pity that he should have been delayed so long.Explorations in Australia
Decidedly, the time had come when definite action should not be delayed.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
By trifling but unavoidable accidents, it was delayed a few hours.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Probably you came over with the delayed mail that brings the advice.'
What a real pity that she stayed so short a time, and you delayed!
- (tr) to put off to a later time; defer
- (tr) to slow up, hinder, or cause to be late; detain
- (intr) to be irresolute or put off doing something; procrastinate
- (intr) to linger; dawdle
- the act or an instance of delaying or being delayed
- the interval between one event and another; lull; interlude
Word Origin and History for delayed
mid-13c., from Old French delaie, from delaiier (see delay (v.)).