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I am looking for a single word or a phrase for the minimum amount of time a job or task needs to wait before executing again.

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Delay? Interval? Stall? Wait? Context? Example sentence? I get that weird feeling you are naming a variable. –  RegDwigнt Jan 15 '13 at 19:00
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I'm sorry, but this is the sort of single-word-request that gives the whole category a bad name. Please give us at least some context to go on, and show your work: what words have you considered and discarded as unsuitable? –  Marthaª Jan 15 '13 at 20:00
    
How about "minimum amount of time a job needs to wait before executing again"? –  Jay Jan 15 '13 at 20:25
    
@Jay Yep minimum_amount_of_time_a_job_needs_to_wait_before_executing_again is a tremendous variable name. :) –  tchrist Apr 11 '13 at 15:43
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The two-word phrase "refractory period" may apply. Note that it has a connotation you might want to avoid.

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The noun dwell can be used. Its senses include

• (engineering) A period of time in which a system or component remains in a given state.
• (engineering) A brief pause in the motion of part of a mechanism to allow an operation to be completed.
• (electrical engineering) A planned delay in a timed control program.

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