Hypertext Webster Gateway: "delay"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Delay \De*lay"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Delayed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Delaying}.] [OF. deleer, delaier, fr. the noun d['e]lai, or
directly fr. L. dilatare to enlarge, dilate, in LL., to put
off. See {Delay}, n., and cf. {Delate}, 1st {Defer},
1. To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the
time of or before.

My lord delayeth his coming. --Matt. xxiv.

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Delay \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Delay \De*lay"\, n.; pl. {Delays}. [F. d['e]lai, fr. OF. deleer
to delay, or fr. L. dilatum, which, though really from a
different root, is used in Latin only as a p. p. neut. of
differre to carry apart, defer, delay. See {Tolerate}, and
cf. {Differ}, {Delay}, v.]
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.

The government ought to be settled without the delay of
a day. --Macaulay.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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 [syn: {holdup}]
v 1: cause to be slowed down or delayed; "Traffic was delayed by
the bad weather" [syn: {detain}, {hold up}] [ant: {rush}]
2: act later than planned or scheduled
3: stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!" [syn: {stay}, {detain}]

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