De*lay" (?), n.; pl.
Delays (#). [F. délai, fr. OF.
deleer to delay, or fr. L. dilatum, which, though
really from a different root, is used in Latin only as a p. p. neut.
of differre to carry apart, defer, delay. See Tolerate,
and cf. Differ, Delay, v.] A
putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity;
stop; detention; hindrance.
Without any delay, on the morrow I sat on the
judgment seat. Acts xxv. 17.
The government ought to be settled without the
delay of a day. Macaulay.
De*lay", v. i. To move slowly; to
stop for a time; to linger; to tarry.
There seem to be certain bounds to the quickness and
slowness of the succession of those ideas, . . . beyond which they
can neither delay nor hasten. Locke.
De*lay", v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Delayed (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Delaying.] [OF. deleer, delaier, fr. the noun
délai, or directly fr. L. dilatare to enlarge,
dilate, in LL., to put off. See Delay, n.,
and cf. Delate, 1st Defer, Dilate.]
1. To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to
prolong the time of or before.
My lord delayeth his coming.
Matt. xxiv. 48.
2. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for
a time; to retard the motion, or time of arrival, of; as, the mail is
delayed by a heavy fall of snow.
Thyrsis! whose artful strains have oft
The huddling brook to hear his madrigal.
3. To allay; to temper. [Obs.]
The watery showers delay the raging