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delayed

[dih-leyd] /dɪˈleɪd/
adjective, Physics.
1.
of or relating to a particle, as a neutron or alpha particle, that is emitted from an excited nucleus formed in a nuclear reaction, the emission occurring some time after the reaction is completed.
Related forms
undelayed, adjective
well-delayed, adjective

delay

[dih-ley] /dɪˈleɪ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put off to a later time; defer; postpone:
The pilot delayed the flight until the weather cleared.
2.
to impede the process or progress of; retard; hinder:
The dense fog delayed the plane's landing.
verb (used without object)
3.
to put off action; linger; loiter:
He delayed until it was too late.
noun
4.
the act of delaying; procrastination; loitering.
5.
an instance of being delayed:
There were many delays during the train trip.
6.
the period or amount of time during which something is delayed:
The ballet performance began after a half-hour delay.
Origin of delay
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English delaien (v.), delai(e) (noun) < Old French delaier (v.), delai (noun)
Related forms
delayable, adjective
delayer, noun
delayingly, adverb
predelay, noun, verb
undelayable, adjective
undelaying, adjective
undelayingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See defer1 . 2. slow, detain. 3. procrastinate, tarry. 4. tarrying, dawdling. 5. deferment, postponement, respite.
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Examples from the Web for delayed
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  • In 1726, the treaty of Hanover was delayed by these means a whole year.

    The Federalist Papers Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
  • It was a very great pity that he should have been delayed so long.

  • It ought to do very well—if I'm not delayed on the road by snow.

    The Motor Maid Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  • Decidedly, the time had come when definite action should not be delayed.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • The house indeed might offer us shelter for a time, but the end would only be delayed.

    Carette of Sark John Oxenham
British Dictionary definitions for delayed

delay

/dɪˈleɪ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to put off to a later time; defer
2.
(transitive) to slow up, hinder, or cause to be late; detain
3.
(intransitive) to be irresolute or put off doing something; procrastinate
4.
(intransitive) to linger; dawdle
noun
5.
the act or an instance of delaying or being delayed
6.
the interval between one event and another; lull; interlude
Derived Forms
delayer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French delaier, from des- off + laier, variant of laissier to leave, from Latin laxāre to loosen, from laxus slack, lax
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Word Origin and History for delayed

delay

v.

c.1300, from Old French delaiier, from de- "away, from" (see de-) + laier "leave, let," probably a variant of Old French laissier, from Latin laxare "slacken, undo" (see lax). Related: Delayed; delaying.

n.

mid-13c., from Old French delaie, from delaiier (see delay (v.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for delayed

delay

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gapers' block

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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