idler

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n idler person who does no work "a lazy bum"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Idler (Mach) An idle wheel or pulley. See under Idle.
    • Idler (Naut) One who has constant day duties on board ship, and keeps no regular watch.
    • Idler One who idles; one who spends his time in inaction; a lazy person; a sluggard.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n idler One who idles; one who spends his time in inaction, or without occupation or employment; a lounging or lazy person; a sluggard.
    • n idler Nautical, a member of a ship's crew who is not required to keep night-watch.
    • n idler On board a whaler, one who is not required to assist in the capture of whales.
    • n idler In machinery, an idle-wheel.
    • n idler In railroading, an empty car; an empty.
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Quotations

  • Andrew Young
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    “Tomorrow is the day when idlers work, and fool reform, and mortal men lay hold on heaven.”

Usage

In literature:

Hither resorted those idlers and squires of low degree who hang loose on society and are blown about by every wind of doctrine.
"Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete" by Washington Irving
Let idlers clear the street, and give right of way to the besweated artisans and merchants!
"The Abominations of Modern Society" by Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
Why should I, at my age, idle with a lot of idlers and listen to stuffy stories from stuffier individuals?
"The Tracer of Lost Persons" by Robert W. Chambers
Antonyms: idler, drone, dabbler, sluggard, truant, dilettante, loafer, shirker.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
An idler is a contemptible being.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
Well, it happens that the most dangerous species of bad company is the species Idler.
"The Ethics of Drink and Other Social Questions" by James Runciman
Shun the idler, though his coffers overflow with pelf.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
He was an idler, he had never done anything for anybody.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The men whom we call stylists have, most of them, been idlers.
"The Art of Letters" by Robert Lynd
It seemed most casual, the saunter of this pleasant idler; the keenest observer would never have guessed purpose in his stroll.
"No. 13 Washington Square" by Leroy Scott
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In poetry:

O joyous idler in the sun,
In pity slacken here thy pace!
A lad, whose course is nearly run,
Is watching thee with wistful face.
"On The Promenade" by John Lawson Stoddard
Swift are the steps that lead to ill,
Friendly the sparkling cup appears,
And idlers share the bowl until
The scene must end in tears.
"The Ruined Home" by Annie Adams Fields
His mission? Well, there is but one,
And if it is a mission he knows it, nay,
To be a happy idler, to lounge and sun,
And dreaming, pass his long-drawn days away.
"The Idler" by Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Brook, from whose bridge the wandering idler peers
To watch thy small fish dart or cool floor shine,
I would that bridge whose arches all are years
Spann'd not a less transparent wave than thine!
"Epigrams" by William Watson
Where are the people as beautiful as poems,
As calm as mirrors,
With their oceanic longings —
The idler whom reflection loved,
The woman with the iridescent brow?
For I would bring them flowers.
"The Black Angel" by Henri Coulette
ROBERT MURDOCK. It is this—. How tell her!—
Your lodgment here last night, seen, known of all
These idlers of the Clubs, interpreted
According to their knowledge of a world
Undreamt by you. Oh, pardon me, I show you
A wound you do not feel.
"The Wynnes Of Wynhavod. Act IV" by Emily Pfeiffer

In news:

Fiona Apple's "The Idler Wheel ": Track-by-Track Review.
Nose diameter, SpanTech's low-profile idler assembly eliminates the need for transfer devices at conveyor/discharge interfaces in many cases.
The Idler Book of Crap Vacations.
Stereotypes, like banjo players, watermelon eaters, slaves and idlers.
All of the above, as evidenced by a and idlers.
Narrow web tension transducer Dover Flexo Electronics Rochester, NH USA The NWI narrow web tension transducer is a cantilevered, bearing-mounting idler roller with two built-in tension sensing elements.
Reusable Steel Can Trough and Return Idlers.
0These patented steel can trough and return idlers include two tapered roller bearings in each hub (4 per idler) for longer service life.
Elite Roller Manufacturing reusable steel can trough and return idlers include 2 tapered roller bearings in each hub (4 per idler).
Caterpillar System One eliminates costly pin and bushing turns while allowing re-use of sprocket segments and idlers.
The Lunchtime Listen's Favorite Albums of 2012 No 12: 'The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do' by Fiona Apple.
"The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do".
The Lunchtime Listen 's Favorite Albums of 2012 No 12: 'The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do' by Fiona Apple.
Reusable Steel Can Trough and Return Idlers.
The major components in the steering include the steering gear (rack & pinion or recirculating ball), power steering pump and hoses (if used), tie rods and tie rod ends, idler arm and center link (if used) and steering stabilizer (if used).
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In science:

The photons in the idler mode, called the anticlones, are disregarded.
Cloning Entangled Qubits to Scales One Can See
Initially the mode c⊥ is taken to be in the vacuum state |0i, i.e. an empty idler mode in a down conversion experiment, or a totally inverted atomic population in an EDFA.
Cloning Entangled Qubits to Scales One Can See
II SPDC, so that a polarizing beam splitter can separate the degenerate signal and idler photons generated at 1560 nm.
Efficient generation of single and entangled photons on a silicon photonic integrated chip
The photon pairs generated are split at a polarizing beam splitter (PBS), with the idler photon sent to the detector.
Efficient generation of single and entangled photons on a silicon photonic integrated chip
In a continuous wave (c.w.) type I degenerate OPO, where signal and idler are indistinguishable (we call it signal in this letter), stable oscillation above threshold can occur in one of the two possible phase states .
All-Optical Quantum Random Bit Generation from Intrinsically Binary Phase of Parametric Oscillators
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