de·lay /dɪˈle, di-/
De·lay, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delayed p. pr. & vb. n. Delaying.]
1. To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before.
My lord delayeth his coming. --Matt. xxiv. 48.
2. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time; to retard the motion, or time of arrival, of; as, the mail is delayed by a heavy fall of snow.
Thyrsis! whose artful strains have oft delayed
The huddling brook to hear his madrigal. --Milton.
3. To allay; to temper. [Obs.]
The watery showers delay the raging wind. --Surrey.
De·lay n.; pl. Delays A putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance.
Without any delay, on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat. --Acts xxv. 17.
The government ought to be settled without the delay of a day. --Macaulay.
De·lay, v. i. To move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry.
There seem to be certain bounds to the quickness and slowness of the succession of those ideas, . . . beyond which they can neither delay nor hasten. --Locke.
n 1: time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay
caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the
action" [syn: hold, time lag, postponement, wait]
2: the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being
put off until a later time [syn: holdup]
v 1: cause to be slowed down or delayed; "Traffic was delayed by
the bad weather"; "she delayed the work that she didn't
want to perform" [syn: detain, hold up] [ant: rush]
2: act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay
your application to graduate school or else it won't be
3: stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!" [syn: stay, detain]
4: slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will
retard the child's language development" [syn: check, retard]