[ dih-leyd-ak-shuh n ]
/ dɪˈleɪdˈæk ʃən /


(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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for delayed-action

  • Its a sort of delayed-action psychosis which goes off with a bang.

    The Fifth-Dimension Tube|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The projectile carries a bursting charge of a high explosive, and this charge is detonated by a delayed-action fuse.

    America's War for Humanity|Thomas Herbert Russell