• Delaying the harvest
    Delaying the harvest
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v delay slow the growth or development of "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
    • v delay cause to be slowed down or delayed "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather","she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"
    • v delay stop or halt "Please stay the bloodshed!"
    • v delay act later than planned, scheduled, or required "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
    • n delay the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
    • n delay time during which some action is awaited "instant replay caused too long a delay","he ordered a hold in the action"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Armadillos breed in July, but get pregnant in November after delaying implantation. This allows the young to be born during the spring when there is an abundance of food
    • n Delay A putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance. "Without any delay , on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat.""The government ought to be settled without the delay of a day."
    • Delay To allay; to temper. "The watery showers delay the raging wind."
    • v. i Delay 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."
    • Delay To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before. "My lord delayeth his coming."
    • Delay 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In New Jersey it is illegal to delay or detain a homing pigeon.
    • delay To put off; defer; postpone; remit to a later time, as something to be done.
    • delay To retard; stop, detain, or hinder for a time; obstruct or impede the course or progress of: as, the mail is delayed by bad roads.
    • delay To linger; move slowly; stop for a time; loiter; be dilatory.
    • n delay A putting off; a deferring; an extension of the time; postponement; procrastination: as, the delay of trial.
    • n delay A lingering; loitering; stay; hindrance to progress.
    • delay To alloy; dilute; temper; soften; weaken.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Delay de-lā′ to put off to another time: to defer: to hinder or retard
    • v.i Delay to pause, linger, or put off time
    • n Delay a putting off or deferring: a lingering: hinderance:—pr.p. delay′ing; pa.p. delayed′
    • v.t Delay de-lā′ (Spens.) to temper, dilute, weaken.
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  • Seneca
    “The greatest remedy for anger is delay.”
  • George Canning
    George Canning
    “Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A delay is better than disaster.”
  • David Lloyd George
    “The finest eloquence is that which gets things done; the worst is that which delays them.”
  • Georges-Louis Leclerc Buffon
    Georges-Louis Leclerc Buffon
    “Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; Hold fast; Hold out. Patience is genius.”
  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “Dios tarda pero no olvida -- God delays but doesn't forget.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. délai, 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.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. délayer, dilute—L. deliquāre, clarify.


In literature:

Great delay was experienced in getting the troops in position, as there seemed to be no harmony of action.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
The moment was delayed.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Dan's cry brought Mr. Radbury into the cabin without further delay, followed by Ralph and Poke Stover.
"For the Liberty of Texas" by Edward Stratemeyer
Now, then, go in-doors, that you mayn't be causing delay when you are wanted.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
He felt lonely, but improved the time in writing several letters which had been delayed.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Delays are fatal, particularly in pursuing bandits and kidnapers.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
He summoned the pardon-monger without delay, and suggested that he should mediate with Sture.
"The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa" by Paul Barron Watson
Delay while we get a new guide lets them get on ahead of the other platoons.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
This could hardly be delayed for more than ten minutes longer.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
The time came when the decision could no longer be delayed.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson

In poetry:

If you can soothe his sorrow,
Don't delay;
Stay not "until to-morrow!"—
Haste—haste away!
"Life’s Struggle" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
I will not tremble nor delay,
Unworthy though I be:
He will not send my soul away
Who gave Himself for me.
"Holy Communion" by Samuel John Stone
Then why should I so long delay
What others learnt so soon?
I would not pass another day
Without this work begun.
"Examples of Early Piety" by Isaac Watts
Do as thou wilt with mine and me,
Beloved, I only pray,
Follow the promptings of thy youth.
Let there be no delay!
"Song Of Ramesram Temple Girl" by Laurence Hope
Thou art my portion, O my God;
Soon as I know thy way,
My heart makes haste t' obey thy word,
And suffers no delay.
"Psalm 119 part 3" by Isaac Watts
Now Satan threatens to prevail,
And make my soul his prey;
Yet, Lord, thy mercies cannot fail,
O come without delay.
"Oh That I Were As In Months Past!" by John Newton

In news:

Blame appeals caseload , not DA's office, for delays.
Normally, we wait until spring for the first appearance of the robin redbreast, and a lot of us hold off at least until St Patrick's Day to start quaffing Irish whiskey, but this year neither should be delayed so long.
After months of delay and then the media blitz surrounding its excruciatingly slow journey, the Rock has at last arrived.
He dismisses any claim that Pfizer has delayed the study.
Action was delayed in the fall, after Mr Sikes received letters from two key Democrats questioning the procedure under which the Fleet Call decision was being made.
HHS plans to delay Stage 2 meaningful use requirements until 2014.
Charlestown considering delaying cesspool removal.
Jeff Horton has probably endured hundreds of flight delays during his decades as a football coach.
Judge delays ruling on Skeen's change of venue motion until after jury selection Monday.
The Senate will have its first opportunity to undo – or at least delay – one of the most outrageous elements of the disastrous Dodd-Frank financial takeover legislation soon, perhaps as soon as this week.
Production delayed indefinitely at LG Chem 's Holland plant.
Singapore-based ocean carrier APL said it is struggling to connect exports via terminals in India's Port of Chennai because of severe port congestion and yard delays.
Long-delayed plans to develop Chula Vista 's waterfront may soon become a reality.
China Seen Delaying New Stimulus.
The emergency chute from a United Airlines jet was deployed at Sea-Tac International Airport Wednesday, NBC News reports, delaying the flight.

In science:

The proposed method allows us to find the tail of the delay time distribution function and delay time moments, providing thus an exact description of the long-time dynamics.
Instanton approach to the Langevin motion of a particle in a random potential
The six streams of Doppler data are obtained from the Ci (t) by combining them suitably with their time delayed copies, where the time delays are just the light travel times between the three spacecrafts.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
In contrast, all the complexity measures RR, DE T and L show a significant result and decomposite the correlation in a positive one with no delay and in a negative one with a delay of about five months, what suggests a more complex interrelation between the ENSO phenomenon and local rainfall in NW Argentina.
Nonlinear analysis of bivariate data with cross recurrence plots
Some of the electors voted against delay τ1 and some others against delay τ2 .
Bias and consistency in time delay estimation methods: case of the double quasar HE 1104-1805
Even when a particular pair is not numerically accounted for to compute the dispersion at τ1 , it can take part in forming the dispersion for another delay τ2 and thus can determine which of the delays will be the best estimate.
Bias and consistency in time delay estimation methods: case of the double quasar HE 1104-1805