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Definition of the noun delay

What does delay mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: delays

  1. time during which some action is awaited
    • example: instant replay caused too long a delay
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonyms of delay: hold / postponement / time lag / wait
    • more generic words: break / intermission / interruption / pause / suspension = a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
    • more specific words:
      • extension = a mutually agreed delay in the date set for the completion of a job or payment of a debt
      • moratorium = a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged
      • retardation = the extent to which something is delayed or held back
  2. the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time

Alternative definition of the noun delay


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

Definition of the verb delay

What does delay mean as a doing word?

Delay is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: delayed | delaying | delays

  1. cause to be slowed down or delayed
    • examples: Traffic was delayed by the bad weather | she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of delay: detain / hold up
    • antonym of delay: rush
    • more generic terms: decelerate / retard / slow / slow down / slow up = lose velocity
    • more specific terms:
      • stonewall = engage in delaying tactics or refuse to cooperate
      • catch = delay or hold up
      • stall = deliberately delay an event or action
      • buy time = act so as to delay an event or action in order to gain an advantage
  2. act later than planned, scheduled, or required
  3. stop or halt
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of delay: detain / stay
    • more generic words: check / retard = slow the growth or development of
  4. slow the growth or development of
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of delay: check / retard
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the verb delay


  1. To put off until a later time; to distract.
  2. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time.


Delay is a musical group.

  • members:
  • albums: "Winter Paranoia", "An Altered State of Consciousness", "Underdogs"


Delay is a record label.


  1. "Delay" a.k.a. "Delay 1968", or just Delay, is a compilation album of early outtakes of Can's work with singer Malcolm Mooney, including some of the band's earliest material. It contains the song "The Thief", which was later covered live by Radiohead.
  2. "Delay" is a musical album of Dub Tractor.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  3. "Delay" is a musical album of üNN.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  4. "Delay" is a musical album of Julia Kent.
    • released on (7 years ago)


  1. 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.
  2. Delay is a website.

Phrases with Delay

Phrases starting with the word Delay:

  1. delay line
  2. Delay differential equation

Phrases ending with the word Delay:

  1. Call Delay
  2. Rain Delay
  3. time delay
  4. Broadcast delay

Other phrases containing the word Delay:

  1. sonic delay line
  2. acoustic delay line
  3. electromagnetic delay line
  4. time-delay measuring system
  5. time-delay measuring instrument

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Delay

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Google previewTransportation Depth Reference Manual for the Civil PE Exam (2017)

by Norman R. Voigt, PE, PLS

Delay is the travel time lost by a vehicle ...

Google previewResearch, Practice, and Educational Advancements in Telecommunications and Networking (2012)

by Bartolacci, Michael

Processing delay is the time it takes to process a packet by a network node ( router, switch, proxy, etc.) • Queuing delay is the time a packet waits before it is processed by a node. • Transmission delay is the time it takes to send the packet's bits ...

Google previewEngineering Optics (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Group delay is a measure of the transit time of a signal through a device under test (DUT), versus frequency. Group delay is a useful measure of phase distortion , and is calculated by differentiating the insertion phase response ofthe DUT ...

Google previewDiscrete-Time Signal Processing (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Group delay is a measure of the transit time of a signal through a dev under test ( DUT), versus frequency. Group delay is a useful measure phase distortion, and is calculated by differentiating the insertion phas response of the DUT versus ...

Google previewPerinatal Brain Damage (2008)

by Luca A. Ramenghi, Philippe Évrard, Eugenio Mercuri

Introduction P sychomotor or developmental delay refers to a delay in the development of cognitive, motor, linguistic, and...

In the first two years of life psychomotor delay is a nonspecific symptom, reflecting the early expression of several ...

Google previewABC of Interventional Cardiology (2011)

by Ever D. Grech

The delay is the time difference between the peak contraction of the anterior wall (point X) and the peak contraction of the inferior wall (point Y). The image is produced by applying an M-mode cross section through a short axis view of the left ...

Google previewDevelopments in Geophysical Exploration Methods (2012)

by A. A. Fitch

Clearly, the guidance system with minimum delay is the one which is stable. Any causal linear...

Delay is a measure of the time from the instant the input is activated to the instant that input is significantly felt at the output. As we expect, both ...

Google previewNetwork and Parallel Computing (2008)

IFIP International Conference, NPC 2008, Shanghai, China, October 18-20, 2008, Proceedings by Jian Cao, Minglu Li, Min-You Wu

Response delay is a key performance metric for web applications. From a client's perspective, response...

For a dynamic request, processing delay is an important part of users' perceived response time. Most dynamic requests use database ...

Google previewSpeech Coding Algorithms (2004)

Foundation and Evolution of Standardized Coders by Wai C. Chu

Loosely defined, delay is the amount of time shift between the speech signal at the input of the encoder with respect to the...

Delay is an important concern for real-time two-way conversations, and it basically can be thought of as the time the ...

Google previewFeedback Control Booster Chlorination Systems (2004)

Without tanks the travel path between Inl-Outl is very simple and the transport delay is the shortest of all considered. With tanks the output at Outl is affected by the tanks when they are draining, causing the model parameters to change rapidly ...

Google previewMagnesium Compounds—Advances in Research and Application: 2013 Edition (2013)

The formation delay is a time period from a generation of initial electrons formed between electrodes to a formation of a distinct discharge, and it is taken as a substantial minimum discharge time in the case of performing multiple discharges.

Google previewWireless Communications (2012)

by Andreas F. Molisch

Detection delay is a relative measure for how long it takes a TX to determine whether the channel is currently occupied. It depends essentially on the...

Propagation delay is the measure of how long a data packet takes to get from the MS to the ...

Google previewWireless Algorithms, Systems, and Applications (2011)

6th International Conference, WASA 2011, Chengdu, China, August 11-13, 2011, Proceedings by Yu Cheng, Do Young Eun, Zhiguang Qin, Min Song, Xing Kai

End-to-end delay is an important QoS metric in multihop wireless networks such as sensor networks and mesh networks. Along with...

Google previewNovel Three-state Quantum Dot Gate Field Effect Transistor (2013)

Fabrication, Modeling and Applications by Supriya Karmakar

The propagation delay is a quadratic function of the number of fan-in (N). According to this architecture, for an N input gate, the number of transistor should be 2N. The intrinsic capacitance increases linearly with the number of transistor. As the ...

Google previewAudiology and Communication Disorders, An Overview (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Speech delay refers to a delay in the development or use of the mechanisms that produce speech. Speech, as distinct from language, refers to the actual process of making sounds, using such organs and structures as the lungs, vocal cords, ...

Google previewCommunications Standard Dictionary (2012)

by Martin H. Weik

delay. The lost or waiting time introduced because a call cannot be connected immediately or because a message or signal cannot be transmitted immediately, usually due to a queue ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Technical Education-24 STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

Delay: Corrino Civetta Construction Crop, and the No-Damage- For- Delay- Clause, 9 Cardozo L. Rev. at 889 and Clark, Government-Caused Delays in the Performance of Federal Contracts: The Impact of the Contract Clauses. 1963 Mil.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Schizophrenia (2014)

Focus on Management Options by W. Wolfgang Fleischhacker, Ian P. Stolerman

rechts der Isar, Munich, Bavaria, Germany Synonyms Delayed onset ofaction Definition According to the theory of delayed onset of action, the effects of antipsy ‐chotic or antidepressant drugs occur only after a delay of several weeks. Current ...

Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of Electrical Engineering, Second Edition (2005)

by Philip A. Laplante

delay slot in a waveguide or the same resonant frequency in a cavity. degenerate two-wave mixing a special case of two wave mixing in which the two beams are of exactly the same frequency. In two-wave mixing, if the two laser beams are of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Pleading and Practice (1898)

At Common Law, in Equity, and Under the Various Codes and Practice Acts by William Henry Michael, William Mack, Howard Pervear Nash, James Cockroft, Thomas Edward O'Brien

to the market value of said land, requested and advised said plaintiff to inquire of said Delay as to the market value of said land. And said plaintiff avers, that afterwards and during the pendency of said negotiations between said plaintiff and ...

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Quotes about Delay

Where duty is plain, delay is both foolish and hazardous; where it is not, delay may provide both wisdom and safety. (Tryon Edwards)
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Scrabble value of D2E1L1A1Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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