Suppose some machine sometimes stops its work and waits for water in the tank to be replaced.
What word (delay or pause) should be used in the sentence below?
The machine resumes its work after ______.
Here are other examples.
- Suppose somebody was cooking soup. According to the recipe, (at a certain step) he stirred for some time, then added some ingredients, waited for 10 minutes, and then stirred again. (We don’t know what he did during those 10 minutes. He could have slept or talked on the phone, but he didn’t work).
- Suppose a machine was cooking soup. According to the program, it stirred, added the ingredients automatically, waited for 10 minutes, and then stirred again. (During those 10 minutes, it didn’t stir, didn’t add ingredients. However, it wasn’t absolutely idle because it had to count down the interval of 10 minutes).
He (it) resumed stirring after ______ of 10 minutes.
- What word is more suitable in the blank: delay or pause (or something else)?
I would prefer “pause”, but there is a command “delay” in some programming languages.
delay 1000 means that computer should wait for 1000 milliseconds before executing the following command. It resembles very closely to the examples above.