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1. operating system, multitasking
") When a
deactivate it until some given external event (e.g. an
but this uses processing power.
Also used in the phrase "sleep on" (or "block on") some
external event, meaning to wait for it.
E.g. the Unix
command of the same name which pauses the
current process for a given number of seconds.
2. hardware To go into partial deactivation to save power.