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delayed-action

[dih-leyd-ak-shuh n]
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for delayed-action

Historical Examples of 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