What does the word delay mean?

Usage examples for delay

  1. She had replied that she would let him know in two or three days if she could do so; but she warned her son that she had only asked for this delay to give him time to escape, as the bill would certainly be protested and returned, it being absolutely out of the question for her to get the money. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  2. I don't know that there has been any delay." – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  3. Without delay the car began to move. – Red Masquerade by Louis Joseph Vance