noun, plural time·outs.
- the termination of a process or event that is taking longer than expected to proceed, and that is more likely to be successful if relaunched, resubmitted, etc.
- the severing of an online connection after a period of inactivity, as when a user is logged out of a secure session on a webpage after a fixed period of time.
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British Dictionary definitions for timeout
verb time out
Idioms and Phrases with timeout
A short break from work or play; also, a punishment for misbehavior in young children in which they are briefly separated from the group. For example, People rush around so much these days that I think everyone should take some time out now and then, or We don't throw food, Brian; you need some time out to think about it. This expression comes from a number of sports in which it signifies an interruption in play where the officials stop the clock, for purposes of rest, making a substitution, or consultation. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.