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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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Mr Crow said: "With the NHS running out of beds, commuters bled dry and VAT sent sky high, they are still partying like it's 1999 down in the Square Mile while Vince Cable and the ConDem Government stand idly by."
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The environment has no voice, of course, but it does have supporters who, increasingly, are not prepared to stand idly by while it is recklessly damaged.
on his way home, as pink flower confetti tumble idly on the street,