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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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Idling engines contribute to the carbon emissions in the environment.
The full board on Tuesday is expected to authorize a contract for $34,713 with Derive Systems Inc., of Sanford, Florida, for idling reduction software.
"There are a lot of really good reasons to limit the idling of the main engine in a truck -- providing the driver with the most comfortable conditions to spend his or her breaks, saving a little fuel, saving a little wear and tear on the engine, and, last but not least, it's good for the environment," he said.
55 or 'An ordinance prohibiting the idling of a motor vehicle engine and providing penalties for violations thereof.'
If you are idling longer than 10 seconds, both you and the engine are better off if the engine is turned off and restarted.
Several states limit acceptable idling times to anywhere from three to 15 minutes in a given hour.
The Work Truck No Idle Heat System from Idle Free Systems, claims to offer up to eight hours of interior cab heat with the truck engine turned off, eliminating unnecessary workday idling.
TOM: In all weather but extreme cold, most diesel-engine manufacturers recommend idling the engine for 10 to 15 seconds before driving away gently.
Children's Hospital researcher Patrick Ryan believes he's nailed down the source: idling cars and school buses.
Diesel idling has also been identified as a significant factor in levels of elemental carbon near schools (Richmond-Bryant, Saganich, Bukieqicz, & Kalin, 2009).
Broadband Internet provider FairPoint Communications (NASDAQ: FRP) said it has cut emissions and fuel use in the past year from efforts to curb idling in its fleet of work vehicles.