- The definition of timeout is time away from work or play.
- An example of a timeout is a child having to sit in a corner for a few minutes after hitting their little brother.
- An example of a timeout is an employee taking a vacation from work.
timeout definition by Webster's New World
- any time taken for rest or not counted toward a work record, score, etc.
- ☆ Sports a brief suspension of play, with the timekeeper's clock stopped, as to allow a team to make substitutions or discuss strategy
- a disciplinary technique in which a child who misbehaves is sent to be alone for a few minutes so as to calm down before returning to work or play
timeout - Computer Definition
A preset time period during which a given computer task must be completed or the task is canceled. An example is someone configuring his or her Personal Computer to drop the connection to a remote server after a predetermined period passed without some task activity.
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Symantec Security Response. Glossary. [Online, July 15, 2004.] Symantec Security Response Website. http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/refa.html.
In communications, the intentional ending of an incomplete task. If an acknowledgment, carrier, logon, etc., has not occurred in a specified amount of time, the timeout ends the waiting loop so that the request can be retransmitted or the process terminated. Timeouts are common in communications applications in order to free up a line or port that is tied up with a request that has not been answered in a reasonable amount of time. For each type of situation, there is a default length of time before the timeout is initiated, which typically can be adjusted by the user or network administrator. See tickle packet.