Meaning of DELAY in English

DELAY

v. & n.

--v.

1. tr. postpone; defer.

2 tr. make late (was delayed at the traffic lights).

3 intr. loiter; be late (don't delay!).

--n.

1. the act or an instance of delaying; the process of being delayed.

2 time lost by inaction or the inability to proceed.

3 a hindrance.

Phrases and idioms:

delayed-action (attrib.) (esp. of a bomb, camera, etc.) operating some time after being primed or set. delay line Electr. a device producing a desired delay in the transmission of a signal.

Derivatives:

delayer n.

Etymology: ME f. OF delayer (v.), delai (n.), prob. f. des- DIS- + laier leave: see RELAY

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.