• The Idle Boy
    The Idle Boy
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n idleness having no employment
    • n idleness the trait of being idle out of a reluctance to work
    • n idleness the quality of lacking substance or value "the groundlessness of their report was quickly recognized"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A car uses 1.6 ounces of gas idling for one minute. Half an ounce is used to start the average automobile.
    • n idleness The condition of being idle, in any sense of that word; inactivity; slothfulness; uselessness; unprofitableness; worthlessness; foolishness.
    • n idleness Synonyms See idle.
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  • George Henry Lewes
    George Henry Lewes
    “The real people of genius were resolute workers not idle dreamers.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “A day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.”
  • Robert Burton
    “Idleness is an appendix to nobility.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “That man is idle who can do something better.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Poetry should only occupy the idle.”
  • Bishop Robert South
    Bishop Robert South
    “It is idleness that creates impossibilities; and where people don't care to do anything, they shelter themselves under a permission that it cannot be done.”


Devil finds work for idle hands - When people say that the devil finds work for idle hands, they mean that if people don't have anything to do with their time, they are more likely to get involved in trouble and criminality.
Idle hands are the devil's handiwork - When someone is not busy, or being productive, trouble is bound to follow.


In literature:

Now, learned Zimri, what means this tale, an idle jest for a master of the law, yet it is written by the greatest doctor of the Captivity?
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
And Spain was not idle.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
The pert little lads who idled about the hall began to make sport of me concerning my dress, and laughed greatly at their own wit.
"The Black Wolf's Breed" by Harris Dickson
He considered this idly.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
Sensuality, idleness, and waste, commonly lead to ruin.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
An idle woman is as base a thing as an idle man.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
He was sauntering idly along, beating the grass by the road-side with his stick.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
No cheer of triumph ascends from among the waggons; the situation of those who defend them is too serious for any idle exhibition.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Now he sat idly on the patchwork counterpane of his bed and gazed at the sky.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
He had not been idle during the holidays.
"Ernest Bracebridge" by William H. G. Kingston

In poetry:

Severed—were it severed only
By an idle thought of strife,
Such as time might knit together;
Not the broken chord of life!
"The Buried Flower" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
Nothing useless is, or low;
Each thing in its place is best;
And what seems but idle show
Strengthens and supports the rest.
"By The Fireside : The Builders" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And I, who was idly lying
Where the dreams rose dim and sweet,
Heard the whisper of the blue-bell
And thus made answer meet—
"The Painter And The Fairy" by Alexander Anderson
And you, last night, did you forget,
So far from me, so near?–
For watching there your eyes were wet
With just an idle tear!
"At the Comedy" by Arthur John Arbuthnott Stringer
Oh! it maketh old men witty,
Young men wanton, women idle,
While that patience weeps, for pity
Reason bite not nature's bridle.
"A Quarrel With Love" by Nicholas Breton
And now and then above me a white cloud
Would open, and display
Some idle god therein, who laugh'd aloud,
Then slowly moved away.
"In Tempe" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

The Park City Police Department last week received at least two complaints that vehicles were left idling, something that is prohibited in the city under most circumstances.
Developer Phil Greer, in the white shirt, celebrated Friday morning as workers with The Greer Cos. Raised the dome of a planned restaurant in Idle Hour Shopping Center in Lexington.
In a challenge to the United States, North Korea said today that it was immediately reactivating a nuclear reactor idled since a 1994 crisis that nearly led to war between the countries.
Members of the University of South Alabama music faculty were not idle during the summer months.
After sitting idle for two decades, there's steam billowing from the top of the big old steel plant in Youngstown, Ohio.
Short line tracks are being idled across the country as railroads concentrate on longer trains.
Idle thoughts from an idle mind, with a leftover and an addition mixed in.
Closed to the public after the terrorist attacks of September, 2001, Squaw Creek Reservoir near Glen Rose hasn't just been sitting there idle.
(AP) — Crews have been working to refurbish an old steam locomotive, which might find new life after sitting idle in a Macon park since 1956.
After sitting idle for a decade, Leelanau County locals hope to reopen Sugar Loaf Mountain ski resort.
Leelanau County locals organize a proposal to reopen the idle but much beloved Sugar Loaf Mountain.
A black Escalade is idling in downtown Manhattan, waiting for a guy called Gotye.
Idle Thoughts, while waiting for the WNBA playoffs, high school football and for UConn's two-quarterback system to become UConn's one-quarterback system.
Once the main NV is adjusted , it's now time to adjust the idle NV.
CHUGIAK — On a sunny spring evening, the Birchwood Community Patrol rolls into the parking lot of a local park, where several cars sit idling.

In science:

When some users are idle, the protocol retrogresses simple ones such as ”TDMA”/”FDMA”.
On the Information of the Second Moments Between Random Variables Using Mutually Unbiased Bases
Queue-and-idleness-ratio controls in many-server servbice systems. working paper, Columbia University.
Martingale proofs of many-server heavy-traffic limits for Markovian queues
All the spectra were reduced using the IDL software developed at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for the STIS Instrument Definition Team.
Stellar Wind Variations During the X-ray High and Low States of Cygnus X-1
In the resource manager example, external choice is used to model the fact that a FREE process can stay idle for one transition (behaving as process PN ), or accept a high-priority request or a low-priority one (behaving as processes PH and PL , respectively).
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
By its very definition, policy P1 expresses a form of fairness, because when several servers are free, the one selected for the next incoming job is the one that has been idle for the longest time.
Central limit theorem for a many-server queue with random service rates