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wait state

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wait state (plural wait states)

  1. (computing) Any of several instances in which a computer's processor cannot execute instructions (either for the entire computer, or just for a specific task) until an I/O operation completes, or until an interrupt is resolved
    With memory that slow, the processor is going to spend most of its time on wait states.