Idle

Definition of Idle

I´dle
a.1.Of no account; useless; vain; trifling; unprofitable; thoughtless; silly; barren.
Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
- Matt. xii. 36.
Down their idle weapons dropped.
- Milton.
This idle story became important.
- Macaulay.
2.Not called into active service; not turned to appropriate use; unemployed; as, idle hours.
The idle spear and shield were high uphing.
- Milton.
3.Not employed; unoccupied with business; inactive; doing nothing; as, idle workmen.
Why stand ye here all the day idle?
- Matt. xx. 6.
4.Given rest and ease; averse to labor or employment; lazy; slothful; as, an idle fellow.
5.Light-headed; foolish.
Idle pulley
(Mach.) a pulley that rests upon a belt to tighten it; a pulley that only guides a belt and is not used to transmit power.
Idle wheel
(Mach.) a gear wheel placed between two others, to transfer motion from one to the other without changing the direction of revolution.
In idle
in vain.
- Chaucer.
v. i.1.To lose or spend time in inaction, or without being employed in business.
[imp. & p. p. Idled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Idling .]
v. t.1.To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; - often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day.

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