hesitation


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hesitation

[‚hez·ə′tā·shən]
(computer science)
A brief automatic suspension of the operations of a main program in order to perform all or part of another operation, such as rapid transmission of data to or from a peripheral unit.
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Sir Percival's suggestion, politely as it was expressed, appeared to her, as it appeared to me, to point very delicately at the hesitation which her manner had betrayed a moment or two since.
I had known her from her earliest years--I had seen her tested, as she grew up, in more than one trying family crisis, and my long experience made me attach an importance to her hesitation under the circumstances here detailed, which I should certainly not have felt in the case of another woman.
He strode without hesitation to the table where Mr.
Horser did not immediately reply, but he accepted the glass which the waiter brought him, and after a moment's hesitation drained its contents.
In the regiment there was a peculiar kind of hesitation denoted in the attitudes of the men.
The world has treated him badly, and he has no hesitation in saying that he means to get some part of his own back again.
Again there was a certain amount of hesitation in his manner.
Geniuses are rare and, without being at all an undue praiser of times past, one can say without hesitation that until the appearance of Hugh Lofting, the successor of Miss Yonge, Mrs.
In those days I read not only all the new books, but I made many forays into the past, and came back now and then with rich spoil, though I confess that for the most part I had my trouble for my pains; and I wish now that I had given the time I spent on the English classics to contemporary literature, which I have not the least hesitation in saying I like vastly better.
Without a moment's hesitation, he started to step over him, but he had just raised one leg when the Serpent shot up like a spring and the Marionette fell head over heels backward.
Godfrey took advantage of this hesitation to get back again to his bedroom before you came out, and discovered him.
Hesitations before he had taken the step had since turned into susceptibility to every hint that he would have been wiser not to take it; and hence came his heat towards Lydgate--a heat which still kept him restless.