delayed-action

[dih-leyd-ak-shuh n]

adjective

(of an explosive projectile) exploding some time after hitting the target.

Nearby words

  1. delayed neutron,
  2. delayed opening,
  3. delayed reaction,
  4. delayed speech,
  5. delayed stress reaction,
  6. delayer,
  7. delayering,
  8. delaying action,
  9. delbert,
  10. delbet's sign

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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