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idle

[′īd·əl]
(mechanical engineering)
To run without a load.
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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 mine, operated by CONSOL Energy's Consolidation Coal Company subsidiary, will be idled for at least one month, allowing the mine to balance coal production with expected customer shipping schedules to prevent coal inventories from increasing.
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