delay
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /dɪˈleɪ/
Noun

delay

  1. A period of time before an event occurs; the act of delaying; procrastination; lingering inactivity.
    the delay before the echo of a sound
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Acts 25:17 ↗:
      Without any delay, on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat.
  2. (music) An audio effects unit that introduces a controlled delay.
Synonyms Translations Verb

delay (delays, present participle delaying; past and past participle delayed)

  1. (ambitransitive) To put off until a later time; to defer.
    • Bible, Gospel of Matthew 24:48
      My lord delayeth his coming.
  2. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time.
    The mail is delayed by a heavy fall of snow.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To allay; to temper.
    • The watery showers delay the raging wind.
Synonyms Translations Verb

delay (delays, present participle delaying; past and past participle delayed)

  1. (obsolete) To dilute, temper.
  2. (obsolete) To assuage, quench, allay.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.12:
      Those dreadfull flames she also found delayd / And quenched quite like a consumed torch […].

Delay
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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