idle time


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idle time

[′īd·əl ‚tīm]
(computer science)
The time during which a piece of hardware in good operating condition is unused.
(industrial engineering)
A period of time during a regular work cycle when a worker is not active because of waiting for materials or instruction. Also known as waiting time.

idle time

The duration of time a device is in an idle state, which means that it is operational, but not being used.
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The key to the problem of effective grain export is the reduction in the idle time of empty wagons on the ways of non-public use, "said Sergey Almeyev.
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The vertical axis represents the duration of the idle time in minutes.
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