[ahyd-ler] /ˈaɪd lər/
a person who passes time in a lazy or unproductive way.
Machinery. an , wheel, or pulley.
Railroads. an empty freight car placed under the projecting end of a long object carried by the next car, so that the latter can be connected with another part of the train.
Nautical. (def 2).
[ahyd-l] /ˈaɪd l/
adjective, idler, idlest.
not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing:
not spent or filled with activity:
not in use or operation; not kept busy:
habitually doing nothing or avoiding work; lazy.
of no real worth, importance, or significance:
having no basis or reason; baseless; groundless:
verb (used without object), idled, idling.
to pass time doing nothing.
to move, loiter, or saunter aimlessly:
to idle along the avenue.
(of a machine, engine, or mechanism) to operate at a low speed, disengaged from the load.
verb (used with object), idled, idling.
to pass (time) doing nothing (often followed by away):
to idle away the afternoon.
to cause (a person) to be idle:
The strike idled many workers.
to cause (a machine, engine, or mechanism) to idle:
I waited in the car while idling the engine.
the state or quality of being idle.
the state of a machine, engine, or mechanism that is idling:
a cold engine that stalls at idle.
a person who idles
another name for idle pulley, idle wheel
(nautical) a ship’s crew member, such as a carpenter, sailmaker, etc, whose duties do not include standing regular watches
unemployed or unoccupied; inactive
not operating or being used
(of money) not being used to earn interest or dividends
not wanting to work; lazy
(usually prenominal) frivolous or trivial: idle pleasures
ineffective or powerless; fruitless; vain
without basis; unfounded
when tr, often foll by away. to waste or pass (time) fruitlessly or inactively: he idled the hours away
(intransitive) to loiter or move aimlessly
(intransitive) (of a shaft, engine, etc) to turn without doing useful work
(intransitive) (of an engine) to run at low speed with the transmission disengaged Also (Brit) tick over
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to cause to be inactive or unemployed
1530s, agent noun from idle.
Old English idel “empty, void; vain; worthless, useless; not employed,” common West Germanic (cf. Old Saxon idal, Old Frisian idel “empty, worthless,” Old Dutch idil, Old High German ital, German eitel “vain, useless, mere, pure”), of unknown origin. Idle threats preserves original sense; meaning “lazy” is c.1300.
late 15c., “make vain or worthless,” from idle (adj.). Meaning “spend or waste (time)” is from 1650s. Meaning “cause to be idle” is from 1789. Sense of “running slowly and steadily without transmitting power” (as a motor) first recorded 1916. Related: Idled; idling.
[ahyd-les] /ˈaɪd lɛs/ noun 1. .
noun, Machinery. 1. a wheel for transmitting power and motion between a driving and a driven part, either by friction or by means of teeth. 2. . noun 1. a gearwheel interposed between two others to transmit torque without changing the direction of rotation to the velocity ratio Also called idler
[ahyd-l-wahyld] /ˈaɪd lˌwaɪld/ noun 1. former name of .
[ahyd-l] /ˈaɪd l/ adjective, idler, idlest. 1. not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing: idle workers. 2. not spent or filled with activity: idle hours. 3. not in use or operation; not kept busy: idle machinery. 4. habitually doing nothing or avoiding work; lazy. 5. of no real worth, importance, or significance: idle talk. 6. […]