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delay

 [de-la´]
a postponement to a later time.
atrioventricular delay (AV delay) atrioventricular interval (def. 2).

delay

(dĕ-lā'),
1. In a medical sense, to put off for a time, either for clinical reasons or through physiologic dysfunction.
2. The elapsed time inherent in sense 1.

de·lay

(dĕ-lā')
Postponement or deferral to a later time.
[O.Fr. deslaier, fr. Germanic]
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After, or rather before myself, you have a master to consult, that master being the king; it is loyal in you to submit yourself voluntarily to this double proof; I will grant your request without delay, Raoul.
So I write at once, knowing that good chances are often lost through needless delay.
Emily's eager nature was depressed and irritated by the prospect of delay.
He had just decided to delay his visit to South Morden no longer, when the errand-boy employed by Sharon brought him this message: "The old 'un's at home, and waitin' to see yer.
Looking in turn at constant delays, time-varying delays, and state-dependent delays, they consider such aspects as linear systems with distributed delays, nonlinear systems with input delay, the robustness of linear constant-delay predictors to time-varying delay perturbations, stability analysis for locally stabilized systems with input delay, and state-dependent delays that depend on delayed states.
An obvious caveat of counting flight delays is that the duration of delay plays no role in the delay count.
Media coverage of airline service problems, combined with congressional hearings on these problems, has put flight delays and cancellations in the spotlight.
It is well known that the duration of the delay between a response and consequence is inversely related to the impact of that consequence on future responding, and even short delays can greatly undermine the effectiveness of a consequence.
Production problems with the A380 that have led to two-year delays have plunged the planemaker into a crisis and forced it to re-examine its projects and restructure the business.
Waxman, who has battled the situation for months amid complaints from constituents, demanded Thursday that officials review the delays and recommend ways to fix the problem.
1) delays caused by the owner's bad faith or its willful, malicious, or grossly negligent conduct, (2) uncontemplated delays, (3) delays so unreasonable that they constitute an intentional abandonment of the contract by the contractee, and (4) delays resulting from the contractee's breach of a fundamental obligation of the contract.
1) In a study that asked women to identify factors that delayed their efforts to obtain an abortion, those who sought an abortion during the second trimester reported greater delays than first-trimester patients at each step of the process, from suspecting that they were pregnant to coming to the clinic.