- (of an explosive projectile) exploding some time after hitting the target.
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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- a device for operating a mechanism, such as a camera shutter, a short time after setting
- (as modifier)a delayed-action fuse