loiter

Definitions

  • Little Red Riding-Hood loiters by the way
    Little Red Riding-Hood loiters by the way
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v loiter be about "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square","Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Loiter To be slow in moving; to delay; to linger; to be dilatory; to spend time idly; to saunter; to lag behind. "Sir John, you loiter here too long.""If we have loitered , let us quicken our pace."
    • Loiter To wander as an idle vagrant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • loiter To linger; be unduly slow in moving; delay; be dilatory; spend time idly.
    • loiter Synonyms To lag, tarry, saunter, dilly-dally.
    • loiter To consume or waste, as time, idly or carelessly: used with away: as, he loitered away most of his leisure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Loiter loi′tėr to delay: to be slow in moving: to linger
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. leuteren, to delay, loiter; cf; Prov. G. lottern, to be louse, lotter, louse, slack, unsettled, vagrant, OHG. lotar,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. leuteren, to trifle; Ger. prov. lottern, to waver.

Usage

In literature:

We had a full load of wounded men, and we were loitering.
"The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915" by Various
One consequence of Hillyard's new humility was that he now loitered on his journey.
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
Helen W. Henderson, in "A Loiterer in New York," alludes to certain letters about old New York written by Mr. Boorman's niece.
"Fifth Avenue" by Arthur Bartlett Maurice
Another cab was loitering by, empty; and this cabman had his orders.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
There was landscape enough here for any budding Turners, but we two had still eight hours to go and not money enough to loiter.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
The workmen are urging their oxen fast across the meadow, and the loiterers come straggling after with rakes upon their shoulders.
"Dream Life" by Donald G. Mitchell
But before they had cantered more than a mile across the rolling country to the west he saw that there was going to be no loitering.
"Under Handicap" by Jackson Gregory
It was one of the diversions of the occasion to call out "Hello, Cap," when Ward hustled by a loitering crowd.
"A Certain Rich Man" by William Allen White
Sledge Hume was loitering down by the stable.
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
There had been only three loitering men and one woman enjoying Joe's hospitality as they went out.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
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In poetry:

For here no zephyr grieves
To tell the year's dead dream;
And down the pine-lulled stream
Lost memories drift and loiter with the leaves.
"December" by Clark Ashton Smith
The herdsmen by the riverside
They wander loitering by their sheep;
They hear my song, they know my pride :
The night is warm with love and sleep.
"Egyptian Lyrics" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Time loiters not. The river ever flows,
Its brink or white with blossoms or with snows;
Its tide or warm with Spring or Winter cold:
Just as of old.
"When Age Comes On" by James Whitcomb Riley
'T is spring! The boats bound to the sea;
The breezes, loitering kindly over
The fields, again bring herds and men
The grateful cheer of honeyed clover.
"In The Springtime" by Eugene Field
"O aid me, then, to seek the pair
Whom, loitering in the woods, I lost;
Alone, I dare not venture there,
Where walks, they say, the shrieking ghost."—
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
The metre wild, the metre wild,
How many an eve I loiter where,
By its sweet melody beguiled,
I muse on nature's charms and share
Her metrical symposium.
"My Delight" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Teen found loitering charged with drug possession.
A teen found loitering near the Lucky Lotto store on Hunter Road was charged with drug possession and other offenses Thursday afternoon.
Although the Perseids loiter in our heavens from July 25 through Aug 20, these shooting stars peak this weekend.
While the Perseids loiter around our heavens from July 25 through Aug 20, these shooting stars peak this weekend.
Ed Kuske says positive loitering drove drug activity away from his neighborhood.
If you have Canada geese loitering on your property and you don't want them to become permanent residents, now is the time to shoo them away.
Call 4 Action – Loiterers souring business in downtown Harlingen.
Enforcing rules about youths loitering, public drinking, and illegal motor bikes across the board in our parks and streets is required.
Some businesses use it to keep loitering kids at bay.
The Nevada City City council will be back in session after the holidays to hear the 2nd and perhaps reading of the municipal code regarding conduct on public property, commonly referred to as the loitering ordinance.
Police found a suspect who was loitering in the area and admitted the gun was his.
A Decatur man was arrested Friday for drug trafficking in his home and two others were charged with loitering in a drug house.
Prince George's Police crack down on loitering, a 'gateway crime'.
To Chris Carter, loitering in front of his store isn't just a nuisance.
An Athens-Clarke policeman arrested a peeping Tom and loitering suspect who was caught with his penis hanging out of his pants Thursday night, according to the police report.
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In science:

Gas reaching this point in the collapse enters what Bromm, Coppi & Larson (2002) term a “loitering” phase, during which cold gas accumulates in the centre of the halo but only slowly increases its density.
The First Stars
The higher critical density of HD, ncrit,HD ∼ 106 cm−3 , means that the gas does not reach the loitering phase until much later in its collapse.
The First Stars
As outlined in Section 2, the gas first passes through a “loitering” phase, during which cold gas accumulates at the centre of the minihalo.
The First Stars
The loitering phase ends and the collapse of the gas accelerates once the mass of cold gas that has accumulated exceeds the local value of the Bonnor-Ebert mass, which is around 1000 M(cid:12) in the H2 -dominated case, but only 40 M(cid:12) in the HD-dominated case.
The First Stars
Kimberly, Loitering phase in brane gas cosmology, Nucl.
Chern-Simons Modified General Relativity
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