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idle

[′īd·əl]
(mechanical engineering)
To run without a load.

idle

Not processing any data. Some CPUs have an idle state that halts all processing until an interrupt is received. However, some circuits are always operating such as the refreshing of static and dynamic RAM memories, which would otherwise lose their content. See idle character.
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Lorry Piker writes: "Do not idle away your time in this case you solve all crises".
Most of these youth idle away or operate within the informal sector.
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Ever since that improbable day, I've been known to idle away moments in my very own small game of chance.
Growing up in tony Saddle River, New Jersey, a young Michael Bolla would idle away the hours wandering through the empty mansions whose neighbors included former President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, or perhaps novelist Mary Higgins Clark.
Yesterday, for example, office-workers could idle away the afternoon following AP McCoy's heroics at Cheltenham and England's Cricket World Cup game against the West Indies.
It is not very good to idle away and wait for'' September, when the lower house members' current term expires.