Idle meaning

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The definition of idle is doing nothing or not filled with activities or actions.

An example of idle is being unemployed and doing nothing all day.

An example of idle is hours spent sitting in a waiting room doing nothing.

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Idle is defined as to spend time doing nothing or to operate a car engine while the car is not moving.

An example of idle is to stand in front of a store with a group of friends just hanging out.

An example of idle is for an engine to run while the car sits at the curb.

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Lacking substance, value, or basis.

Idle speculation; idle threats.

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To pass time without being engaged in purposeful activity.
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Being a period of time in which there is little or no activity.

Passed idle hours watching TV.

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To move slowly or without purpose.
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To waste; squander.

To idle away one's youth.

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To pass (time) without doing anything.

Idle the afternoon away.

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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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To run at a slow speed or out of gear. Used of a motor or motor vehicle.
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To cause (a motor, for example) to idle.
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A state of idling. Used of a motor vehicle.

An engine running quietly at idle.

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A mechanism for regulating the speed at which an engine runs at rest.

Set the idle higher to keep the motor from stalling.

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Baseless; unfounded.

Idle rumors.

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Not inclined to work; lazy.
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Designating certain parts of a fuel system that set an engine's idling speed.
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To move slowly or aimlessly; loaf.
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To operate without transmitting power.
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To cause (a motor, etc.) to idle.
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To cause to be inactive or unemployed.
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The state or act of idling.

An engine at idle.

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Not turned to appropriate use; not occupied.

Idle hours.

My computer hibernates after it has been idle for 30 minutes.

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Not engaged in any occupation or employment; unemployed; inactive; doing nothing.

Idle workmen.

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An idle fellow.

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An idle story; idle talk; idle rumor.

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To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume.
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(intransitive) To lose or spend time doing nothing, or without being employed in business.

To idle in an IRC channel.

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(intransitive) Of an engine: to run at a slow speed, or out of gear; to tick over.
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To make or cause to be unemployed or inactive.

Layoffs that idled 1,000 factory workers; a plant that was idled by a strike.

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To spend time unprofitably; be unemployed or inactive.
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Origin of idle

  • Middle English idel from Old English īdel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English īdel, from West Germanic *īdla-. Cognate with Dutch ijdel (“vain”), German eitel (“bare, worthless”).

    From Wiktionary