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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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Reducing idling helps protect children s health, said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA s New England office.
Operators can run their heat, lights and communications devices without idling their trucks, and the Maxwell ESM ensures power for reliable all-weather re-starts when batteries are weak.
In Massachusetts, all vehicles, at school or not, are normally prohibited from idling for over five minutes.
While there are a lot of factors that contribute to a job's cost, excessive idling is the one pervasive, significant cost that you can immediately control.
Local clean-air advocates and businesses are teaming up to send the message that idling in a vehicle for more than a few seconds wastes fuel and hurts the environment.
With the cold weather gripping much of the nation, thousands of drivers are starting their cars and leaving them idling for a few minutes while they warm up on these frigid mornings, but police say it's a bad idea because it creates a crime of opportunity for thieves.
In fact, today's modern cars are ready to drive in cold temperatures without excessive idling, says the Car Care Council.
To lower carbon dioxide emissions at its Spokane and Pasco rail yards, BNSF purchased HOTSTART s Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) to reduce idling during cold weather.
I was recently pleased to see one gentleman enjoying a Sunday morning in beautiful Dean Park while sitting in his car reading the paper and having a cup of coffee; pleased, that is, until I entered the dense cloud of combustion byproducts and unspent hydrocarbons that had built up around his idling car.
Diesel idling has also been identified as a significant factor in levels of elemental carbon near schools (Richmond-Bryant, Saganich, Bukieqicz, & Kalin, 2009).
Last year, as fuel prices began to rise again, the company had Road Angel fitted to the rest of its fleet - and looked to make additional savings on fuel costs by getting driver totals for idling time which could be converted into actual cost per driver.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has implemented a policy to reduce vehicle idling for its equipment fleet, in an effort to save funds and improve air quality.