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delayed-action

[dih-leyd-ak-shuh n]
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adjective
  1. (of an explosive projectile) exploding some time after hitting the target.
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Also de·lay-ac·tion [dih-ley-ak-shuh n] /dɪˈleɪˈæk ʃən/.

Origin of delayed-action

First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for delayed action

delayed action

delay action

noun
    1. a device for operating a mechanism, such as a camera shutter, a short time after setting
    2. (as modifier)a delayed-action fuse
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