time-out

time-out

[tahym-out]
noun, plural time-outs.
1.
a brief suspension of activity; intermission or break.
2.
Sports. a short interruption in a regular period of play during which a referee or other official stops the clock so that the players may rest, deliberate, make substitutions, etc.
Also, timeout.


Origin:
1870–75

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time-out
 
n
1.  sport an interruption in play during which players rest, discuss tactics, or make substitutions
2.  a break taken during working hours
3.  computing a condition occurring when the amount of time a computer has been instructed to wait for another device to perform a task has expired, usually indicated by an error message
 
vb
4.  (intr) (of a computer) to stop operating because of a time-out

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