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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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The majority of regulatory activity is occurring in the Northeast, California and Texas, with regulations varying from one- to five-minute idling limitations in addition to a number of exemption categories.
If you are idling longer than 10 seconds, both you and the engine are better off if the engine is turned off and restarted.
If a car will be sitting for longer than 10 seconds, it will require less gas to restart the car than to leave it idling for several minutes.
Air Pollution Ryan has a simple solution in mind for protecting students from this type of exposure: Turn the engines off rather than idling curb-side.
These four schools were selected because of the prevalence of reported asthma among the student population and potential exposure to TRAP from nearby major roads and idling school buses (Hochstetler et al.
Sixteen states, including California and Nevada, have already limited idling times, some to as little as three minutes.
At some schools, cars in a long queue wait outside the building, many of them idling.
During the operation, NYSDEC officers together with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection issued 43 tickets for excessive idling and an additional 163 tickets to diesel truck operators for various air and safety regulation violations.
Kenworth said the Clean Power system may increase fuel economy by as much as 8% for drivers with high idling times.
If you have ever left your car's engine running while waiting to pick someone up, if you have ever been stuck in a traffic jam or if you have ever sat with your car idling while waiting in line at a drive-through teller or restaurant, then you are part of the problem.
Restarting uses approximately the same amount of gasoline as idling for 6 seconds with the A/C on.