2. (Law) Accusation by an informer. Milman.
(De*la"tor) n. [L.] An accuser; an informer. [R.] Howell.
(Del"a*ware) n. (Bot.) An American grape, with compact bunches of small, amber-colored
berries, sweet and of a good flavor.
(Del"a*wares) n. pl.; sing. Delaware. (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians formerly inhabiting the
valley of the Delaware River, but now mostly located in the Indian Territory.
(De*lay") n.; pl. Delays [F. délai, fr. OF. deleer to delay, or fr. L. dilatum, which, though really
from a different root, is used in Latin only as a p. p. neut. of differre to carry apart, defer, delay. See
Tolerate, and cf. Differ, Delay, v.] A putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance.
Without any delay, on the morrow I sat on the judgment seat.Acts xxv. 17.
The government ought to be settled without the delay of a day.Macaulay.
(De*lay"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delayed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Delaying.] [OF. deleer, delaier, fr. the
noun délai, or directly fr. L. dilatare to enlarge, dilate, in LL., to put off. See Delay, n., and cf. Delate,
1st Defer, Dilate.]
1. To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before.
My lord delayeth his coming.Matt. xxiv. 48.
2. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time; to retard the motion, or time of arrival, of; as, the mail is
delayed by a heavy fall of snow.
Thyrsis! whose artful strains have oft delayedMilton.
The huddling brook to hear his madrigal.
3. To allay; to temper. [Obs.]
The watery showers delay the raging wind.Surrey.
(De*lay"), v. i. To move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry.
There seem to be certain bounds to the quickness and slowness of the succession of those ideas, . . .
beyond which they can neither delay nor hasten.Locke.
(De*lay"er) n. One who delays; one who lingers.
(De*lay"ing*ly), adv. By delays. [R.] Tennyson.
(De*lay"ment) n. Hindrance. [Obs.] Gower.
(||Del` cred"er*e) [It., of belief or trust.] (Mercantile Law) An agreement by which an agent
or factor, in consideration of an additional premium or commission engages, when he sells goods on
credit, to insure, warrant, or guarantee to his principal the solvency of the purchaser, the engagement of
the factor being to pay the debt himself if it is not punctually discharged by the buyer when it becomes
(De"le) imperative sing. of L. delere to destroy. [Cf. Delete.] (Print.) Erase; remove; a direction
to cancel something which has been put in type; usually expressed by a peculiar form of d, thus: &dele.
(De"le), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Deleing.] [From the preceding word.] (Print.)
To erase; to cancel; to delete; to mark for omission.