An East German patrol boat, with spotlights and heavy machine guns, idled on the far shore of the River Spree.
The origin of the boat is still not known, but several Turkish nationals were on board the vessel, which idled offshore.
Since the reactors have been idled, Japan has relied on “old energy”—coal and gas—for its needs.
For lack of several hundred mine inspectors, thousands of coal miners could be idled.
Then he went to Chartres, and examined its scaly spires and quaint carving then he idled about Coutances.
For a while he idled, and then he had an attack of delirium tremens.
During the mornings while Thayer was practising, Lorimer and Beatrix idled away the hours together.
Now, however, he idled, thinking how sloppy the streets would be.
He grubbed in the mud for his food and idled when he was not eating.
On the contrary, he always corrected him when he prevaricated, and scolded him when he idled.
Old English idel "empty, void; vain; worthless, useless; not employed," common West Germanic (cf. Old Saxon idal, Old Frisian idel "empty, worthless," Old Dutch idil, Old High German ital, German eitel "vain, useless, mere, pure"), of unknown origin. Idle threats preserves original sense; meaning "lazy" is c.1300.
late 15c., "make vain or worthless," from idle (adj.). Meaning "spend or waste (time)" is from 1650s. Meaning "cause to be idle" is from 1789. Sense of "running slowly and steadily without transmitting power" (as a motor) first recorded 1916. Related: Idled; idling.