Timeout meaning

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A brief suspension of play, as to allow a team to make substitutions or discuss strategy.
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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.

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Any time taken for rest or not counted toward a work record, score, etc.
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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.
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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.
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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. Symantec Security Response. Glossary. [Online, July 15, 2004.] Symantec Security Response Website. http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/refa.html.
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(communication) The allowed maximal time for a process to end normally.

My connection was so slow that I kept receiving timeouts when trying to view Web pages.

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(communication) The intentional termination of an incomplete task after a time limit considered long enough for it to end normally.

My connection was so slow that I kept receiving timeouts when trying to view Web pages.

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(sports) A short break in the action of a sport, for substitution, consultation, etc.

We're being beaten! We need a time-out!

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A break from a tense, heated or stressful situation (often enforced, sometimes as a disciplinary measure); a cooling-off period.

I'm going to take a brief time-out from this job.

Hitting people is not acceptable! Go to your room and take a time-out!

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(communication) The intentional ending of an incomplete task after a time limit considered long enough for it to end normally.
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Origin of timeout