DELAY, v.t.

1. To prolong the time of acting, or proceeding; to put off; to defer.

My lord delayeth his coming. Matt. 14.

2. To retard; to stop, detain or hinder for a time; to restrain motion, or render it slow; as, the mail is delated by bad roads.

Thyrsis, whose artful strains have oft delayed

The huddling brook to hear his madrigal.

3. To allay.

DELAY, v.i. To linger; to move slow; or to stop for a time.

There are certain bounds to the quickness and slowness of the succession of ideas, beyond which they can neither delay nor hasten.


1. A lingering; stay; stop.

2. A putting off or deferring; procrastination; as, the delay of trial is not to be imputed to the plaintiff.

3. Hinderance for a time.