idle idle  /ˈaɪ dəl/


  1. (n) the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling
  2. (v) run disconnected or idle
  3. (v) be idle; exist in a changeless situation
  4. (adj) not in action or at work
  5. (adj) without a basis in reason or fact
  6. (adj) not in active use
  7. (adj) silly or trivial
  8. (adj) lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
  9. (adj) not yielding a return
  10. (adj) not having a job


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  1. If enough users volunteer their idle computer time to index the Web, hundreds of thousands of PCs could possibly match the indexing power of first-tier search engines such as Google.
  2. Far from posing idle brain teasers, her research might solve one of physics' great mysteriesnamely, why gravity is so weak in contrast to electromagnetism and other forces.
  3. Idle's dialogue and Neil Innes' song parodies are full of idle wordplay and bereft of sting.


  1. Volkswagen Eos Reviews

    DSG dual mass flywheel plate rattling on idle. Front wheel bearing. Cruise control will not stay at 70mph or above - it's all over the place. The garage replaced the ECU & throttle body, but still faulty.
    on June 25, 2013     Source:

  2. Striking a balance when planning kids' summer activities

    It can be challenging for parents to find the right balance of activity and free time for their kids over the summer. We want our children to enjoy summer vacation, but for some, too much idle time can lead to boredom. As much as I would love to think that swimming in our pool and playing with Legos will be enough entertainment for my son, I know better.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: The San Angelo Standard-Times

  3. Taking advantage of natural gas boom

    GARDNER and#8212; Inside Building 28 at the state prison off Route 140 hangs a giant coal hopper, an idle remnant of the days when combustible rocks fed into boilers were used to warm buildings.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette


  1. "I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people," Obama said in the speech, formally known as the Nobel Lecture. "To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism. It is a...
    on Dec 12, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Toronto Star

  2. "Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced," Jean wrote on the Yele Web site. "I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will...
    on Jan 15, 2010 By: Wyclef Jean Source: ABC News

  3. "I do not support any leadership challenge," Mr Crean said. "Any loose talk or idle speculation on this matter is counterproductive. I urge solidarity behind the leader. I support Kevin as the Leader."
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Simon Crean Source: PerthNow

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