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delay

[di′lā]
(communications)
Time required for a signal to pass through a device or a conducting medium.
Time which elapses between the instant at which any designated point of a transmitted wave passes any two designated points of a transmission circuit; such delay is primarily determined by the constants of the circuit.
(industrial engineering)
Interruption of the normal tempo of an operation; may be avoidable or unavoidable.

Delay

 

in automatic control systems, a phenomenon that consists in the fact that when the input signal of a system or device begins to change, the output signal begins to change only after a certain time interval, called the delay time. The component of the delay time determined by the final intrinsic rate of propagation of the signal is called the transport delay. Delay may also be caused by the inertia of the system. In electronic simulation equipment, delay is created artificially in delay circuits, which retard the reproduction of the signal by some predetermined time interval. Such delay is used in the simulation of many technological processes associated with matter transfer or power transmission.

delay

i. As it pertains to air traffic control, delays are incurred when a controller takes any action that prevents an aircraft from proceeding normally to its destination for an interval of 15 minutes or more. This includes actions to delay departing, en route, or arriving aircraft, as well as actions taken at destination airports. See also absolute delay.
ii. In radar operations, the ground distance from a point directly beneath the aircraft to the beginning of the area of a radar scan.
iii. The electronic delay of the start of the time base used to select a particular segment of the total.
References in classic literature ?
came back the clear answer, and the gates were opened and the bridge let down without delay.
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.
On the other hand, he felt that these delays would irritate that impatient monarch beyond measure.
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.
The vices of authority are chiefly four: delays, corruption, roughness, and facility.
They are usually so suspicious of strangers that they worry them excessively with the delays and aggravations incident to a complicated passport system.
3) The purpose of this article is to propose an alternative aggregate delay measure based on passenger preferences rather than an arbitrary DOT delay definition.
Flight delays and cancellations caused by crew scheduling alone appear to be rare and frequently arise from other problems.
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After Republicans took the House in 1994, and especially since they gained the White House in 2000, DeLay and others in the GOP leadership built a vast political machine operating largely outside the scrutiny of campaign-finance laws.