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hesitation

[‚hez·ə′tā·shən]
(computer science)
A brief automatic suspension of the operations of a main program in order to perform all or part of another operation, such as rapid transmission of data to or from a peripheral unit.
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The little New Hanover boy had been frightened, but had proved faithful, following him without hesitancy into the bush in the quest after the source of the wonderful sound.
There was a moment's hesitancy, then Aunt Mildred placed her hand on the board, and said: "Some one has always to be the fool for the delectation of the rest.
So all hesitancy vanished, and the pair descended into the cabin.
There was no hesitancy, no faltering, in his muscular movements.
Vaccine hesitancy poses a risk of course first to the individuals who would not receive the vaccine that would benefit from.
This hesitancy is understandable, but may prevent a board from solving particular problems or reaching higher levels of performance.
But it was Sweeney who grabbed the winner, making the most of hesitancy in the Us defence to slot home.
There were huge signs of hesitancy and nervousness around Goodison Park last Saturday in the 1-1 draw against West Ham.
But despite the lively start it was TIBS who took the lead capitalising on some hesitancy in the Saltburn defence.
King publicly and humbly acknowledged his hesitancy as he contemplated taking a then-unpopular stance.
Substitute Lee Chapman was twice denied by Foster before Donaldson took advantage of hesitancy in the home defence to hit the winner.
Dobson said he had some hesitancy about jumping into politics this year because he didn't think the Republicans had done enough on "pro-family" issues, but then quickly explained he changed his mind "because the alternative is terrible.