delayed-action

[ dih-leyd-ak-shuhn ]
/ dɪˈleɪdˈæk ʃən /

adjective

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

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Origin of delayed-action

First recorded in 1890–95
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Example sentences 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

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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