idle

idle
I. idle i‧dle 1 [ˈaɪdl] adjective
not active or being used:

• Today, its airplane manufacturing plants are largely idle.

• Carefully planned loading can reduce idle time (= time when people or machines are not working ) .

  [m0] II. idle idle 2 verb [transitive]
to stop using a factory or stop providing work for your workers, especially temporarily:

• The company has reduced its workforce and indefinitely idled a number of its US plants.

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idle UK US /ˈaɪdl/ adjective
PRODUCTION, WORKPLACE not operating or not being used: stand/lie/remain idle »

As more factories in the city stood idle, workers started leaving.

FINANCE used to describe assets that are not earning money or interest, or not earning enough: »

If you've got a few thousand pounds lying idle in a savings account, think about paying off part of your mortgage or credit card debts.

idle cash/capital/funds »

These idle funds can be invested on the money market.

HR, WORKPLACE unemployed, or not working on a job: »

More than 22,913 assembly workers remained idle because of continued shortages of imported parts.

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idle UK US /ˈaɪdl/ verb [T] US
PRODUCTION, HR to stop using your employees, factory, machines etc., for example because you do not have enough work for them to do: »

Lack of demand forced the automaker to idle two more plants on Monday.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Idle — I dle, a. [Compar. {Idler}; superl. {Idlest}.] [OE. idel, AS. [=i]del vain, empty, useless; akin to OS. [=i]dal, D. ijdel, OHG. [=i]tal vain, empty, mere, G. eitel, Dan. & Sw. idel mere, pure, and prob. to Gr. ? clear, pure, ? to burn. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • idle — [īd′ l] adj. idler, idlest [ME idel < OE, empty, akin to Ger eitel, vain, empty < ? IE base * ai dh, to burn, shine: basic sense, either “only apparent, seeming” or “burned out”] 1. a) having no value, use, or significance; worthless;… …   English World dictionary

  • IDLE — в Windows Тип Интегрированная среда разработки Операционная система …   Википедия

  • Idle — [ aɪdl] (engl. „untätig“, „unausgenutzt“) bezeichnet in der Informatik den Umstand, dass ein Prozess untätig ist oder eine Ressource ungenutzt bleibt. Zum einen ist Idling unerwünscht, da brach liegende Kapazitäten die Effizienz des Systems… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • idle — adj 1 *vain, nugatory, otiose, empty, hollow Analogous words: fruitless, bootless, *futile, vain: *ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious: trivial, paltry, *petty, trifling Contrasted words: significant, pregnant, meaningful (see …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • IDLE — steht für: International Date Line East, eine der Zonenzeiten der Zeitzone UTC+12 Idle, Bestandteil von Informatik Fachbegriffen (z.B. Idle Task für Leerlaufprozess) Integrated DeveLopment Environment, Entwicklungsumgebung für die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • idle — idle·hood; idle·man; idle·ness; idle; …   English syllables

  • idle — [adj1] not used; out of action abandoned, asleep, barren, closed down, dead, deserted, down, dusty, empty, gathering dust*, inactive, inert, jobless, laid off, leisured, mothballed, motionless, on the bench*, on the shelf*, out of operation, out… …   New thesaurus

  • Idle — I dle, v. t. To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • idle — ► ADJECTIVE (idler, idlest) 1) avoiding work; lazy. 2) not working or in use. 3) having no purpose or basis: idle threats. ► VERB 1) spend time doing nothing. 2) (of an engine) run slowly w …   English terms dictionary

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