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Idle (English pronunciation [ 'aɪdl ], for "idle" or "underutilized") or idle means in information technology that a process is idle or equipment remains unused.

On the one hand the idle (in the jargon also Idling called) undesirable as idle capacities reduce the efficiency of a system to the other empty runs are for energy saving measures used.

In this sense, idle is part of numerous IT terms, for example:

In chats or multi-player online games, the term is used for players who are logged in but not at the computer, i.e. who have not been active for a long time.