delayed opening

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delayed opening

n
(Aeronautics) aeronautics the automatic opening of a parachute after a predetermined delay to allow the parachutist to reach a particular height
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Presently when her letters came his heart sank: he delayed opening them, for he knew what they would contain, angry reproaches and pathetic appeals; they would make him feel a perfect beast, and yet he did not see with what he had to blame himself.
Its ground radar system has broken down repeatedly and its automated baggage system was blamed for two of the airport's four delayed openings after it began mangling and ejecting bags during tests.
In addition, the Company estimates the hurricanes in the Southeastern United States reduced total sales by more than $1 million, due to both temporary store closures and the delayed openings of two new stores.
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