idle


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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.
References in classic literature ?
It is in vain to hope to guard against events too mighty for human foresight or precaution, and it would be idle to object to a government because it could not perform impossibilities.
For hours and hours during the warmest part of the day I lay upon my mat, and while those around me were nearly all dozing away in careless ease, I remained awake, gloomily pondering over the fate which it appeared now idle for me to resist, when I thought of the loved friends who were thousands and thousands of miles from the savage island in which I was held a captive, when I reflected that my dreadful fate would for ever be concealed from them, and that with hope deferred they might continue to await my return long after my inanimate form had blended with the dust of the valley--I could not repress a shudder of anguish.
The current standard that calls for the reporting of abnormal idle capacity seems to result in no disclosure, even when idle capacity is quite large.
Like The Tatling, Idle Power was fortunate enough to be blessed with good health, a pretty big engine and an even bigger heart.
But the new approach is believed to make smartphones perform this idle listening more efficiently.
System Silencer is a tiny app that runs quietly in the background and only performs action on your computer when it's been idle for a period of time that you specify.
Marcus Frasier has been appointed president and CEO of Idle Media with immediate effect.
The only thing you can do is idle it out of the marina with the trim out beyond vertical.
According to Automotive News, the automaker is closing its San Antonio Tundra truck plant during the weeks of March 15 and April 12 and will idle production of its Camry, Avalon and Venza models at its Georgetown plant on February 26.
5 January 2010 - The number of idle container ships is currently estimated at 581 and the idle capacity -- at 1.51 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), or 11.6% of the combined fleet, shipping newsletter Alphaliner was quoted as reporting by Danish newswire RB Borsen today.
* Stop supplying services (compressed air and cooling water) to idle machines.
Before shutdown, set the throttle at 1,000 to 1,200 rpm and idle for about five minutes or until the water temperature is 185[degrees]F or less.