What does delay mean?

Definitions for delay
dɪˈleɪde·lay

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. delay, hold, time lag, postponement, waitnoun

    time during which some action is awaited

    "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"

  2. delay, holdupverb

    the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time

  3. delay, detain, hold upverb

    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"

  4. delayverb

    act later than planned, scheduled, or required

    "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"

  5. stay, detain, delayverb

    stop or halt

    "Please stay the bloodshed!"

  6. check, retard, delayverb

    slow the growth or development of

    "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"

Wiktionary

  1. delaynoun

    previously unexpected period of time before an event occurs; the act of delaying.

    Etymology: From delaien, from delaier, deslaier, from des- + laier, a conflation of Old , and Old . Akin to latian, latu, læfan. More at let (to hinder), late, leave.

  2. delayverb

    To put off until a later time; to distract.

    Etymology: From delaien, from delaier, deslaier, from des- + laier, a conflation of Old , and Old . Akin to latian, latu, læfan. More at let (to hinder), late, leave.

  3. delayverb

    To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time.

    Etymology: From delaien, from delaier, deslaier, from des- + laier, a conflation of Old , and Old . Akin to latian, latu, læfan. More at let (to hinder), late, leave.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delay

    a putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance

    Etymology: [OF. deleer, delaier, fr. the noun dlai, or directly fr. L. dilatare to enlarge, dilate, in LL., to put off. See Delay, n., and cf. Delate, 1st Defer, Dilate.]

  2. Delaynoun

    to put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before

    Etymology: [OF. deleer, delaier, fr. the noun dlai, or directly fr. L. dilatare to enlarge, dilate, in LL., to put off. See Delay, n., and cf. Delate, 1st Defer, Dilate.]

  3. Delaynoun

    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

    Etymology: [OF. deleer, delaier, fr. the noun dlai, or directly fr. L. dilatare to enlarge, dilate, in LL., to put off. See Delay, n., and cf. Delate, 1st Defer, Dilate.]

  4. Delaynoun

    to allay; to temper

    Etymology: [OF. deleer, delaier, fr. the noun dlai, or directly fr. L. dilatare to enlarge, dilate, in LL., to put off. See Delay, n., and cf. Delate, 1st Defer, Dilate.]

  5. Delayverb

    to move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry

    Etymology: [OF. deleer, delaier, fr. the noun dlai, or directly fr. L. dilatare to enlarge, dilate, in LL., to put off. See Delay, n., and cf. Delate, 1st Defer, Dilate.]

Freebase

  1. Delay

    Delay is an audio effect which records an input signal to an audio storage medium, and then plays it back after a period of time. The delayed signal may either be played back multiple times, or played back into the recording again, to create the sound of a repeating, decaying echo.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Delay

    de-lā′, v.t. to put off to another time: to defer: to hinder or retard.—v.i. to pause, linger, or put off time.—n. a putting off or deferring: a lingering: hinderance:—pr.p. delay′ing; pa.p. delayed′.—n. Delay′er.—adv. Delay′ingly. [O. Fr. delaier—L. differre, dilātumdis, apart, ferre, to carry.]

  2. Delay

    de-lā′, v.t. (Spens.) to temper, dilute, weaken. [Fr. délayer, dilute—L. deliquāre, clarify.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'delay' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4077

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    Rank popularity for the word 'delay' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4483

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    Rank popularity for the word 'delay' in Nouns Frequency: #1299

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    Rank popularity for the word 'delay' in Verbs Frequency: #609

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delay in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of delay in a Sentence

  1. Silvina Batakis:

    As soon as there is any devaluation, the pass through to prices is automatic, there is no delay.

  2. Janell Routh:

    These practices may result in a decease circulation of other viruses, including enteroviruses and, therefore, either decrease or delay AFM this year.

  3. Tommi Uitto:

    Uncertainty in general is not good for business, some of our customers may be delaying their decisions. If you have an operator who has Nokia and a Chinese supplier, then this current situation may delay their own decision-making.

  4. Environment Minister Segolene Royal:

    The time has come to mobilise the European Union so that there is no delay in the ratification of the Paris Accord.

  5. John Hoeven:

    The administration basically holds this project up for seven years as a way to defeat through delay, now the company asks for a year delay to complete the work in Nebraska, and the Obama administration says no. That clearly shows that they intend to turn down the project.

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Translations for delay

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  • سوف, تأخير, تأخرArabic
  • отлагане, отлагам, забавям, забавяне, закъснениеBulgarian
  • zpožděníCzech
  • Verzögerung, etwas [[verschieben]], sich [[verspäten]]German
  • αναβάλλωGreek
  • retraso, demora, demorar, retrasarSpanish
  • دیرکرد, درنگPersian
  • siirtää, viivästys, viivyttää, viivästyttääFinnish
  • retard, délai, retarderFrench
  • faillíIrish
  • dàilScottish Gaelic
  • לעכב, איחורHebrew
  • देर, विलंबHindi
  • tardigarIdo
  • töfIcelandic
  • 遅延, 遅れ, 遅らせるJapanese
  • دوای ئه‌خات, دواخستن, پاشخستنKurdish
  • akutōtanga, whakaakutōMāori
  • tangguhkanMalay
  • uitstellen, vertragingDutch
  • demorar, atraso, demora, mora, atrasarPortuguese
  • apatatayQuechua
  • întârzia, întârziere, amânaRomanian
  • промедление, отложи́ть, заде́рживать, задержка, опоздание, откла́дывать, задержа́тьRussian
  • sklzSlovak
  • skjuta upp, förseningSwedish
  • ఆలస్యముTelugu
  • ertelemek, gecikme, rötarTurkish
  • затримкаUkrainian
  • دیرUrdu
  • hoãn, trì hoãnVietnamese

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