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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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She had often idled over the instrument in this way, when I was staying at her mother's house.
Wind and wave had long since smoothed out the trace of her which she had left in those marks on the sand, I looked over the wide monotony of the seaside prospect, and the place in which we two had idled away the sunny hours was as lost to me as if I had never known it, as strange to me as if I stood already on a foreign shore.
Ambient particulate readings were also measured outside the buses after the buses idled for six minutes along a path the students would follow when exiting the bus and walking toward the school entrance to simulate students' exposure to diesel particulates.
This restarts capacity idled during the economic downturn of 2008 and will increase production by 40,000 metric tons per year and add 60 jobs at Intalco.
The largest work stoppage in terms of worker participation in 2005 involved the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Transit Workers Union, Local 100 and idled 35,000 employees.
The third shift is idle as a result of management's directive, so $60,000 of the plant manager's salary is charged to idle off-limits capacity as follows: $2,538 representing holidays and $57,462 representing the remaining 3,984 [(2,080 hours - 88 holiday hours) x 2 machines] labor hours idled due to the plant being closed for the third shift.
Added to about 600 million lb of capacity previously mothballed at two plants in Texas in 2001, the new cutbacks bring idled domestic PE capacity at Dow and its Union Carbide subsidiary to more than 1.