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In telecommunications and related engineering (including computer networking and programming), the term timeout or time-out has several meanings, including:

Timeouts allow for more efficient usage of limited resources without requiring additional interaction from the agent interested in the goods that cause the consumption of these resources. The basic idea is that in situations where a system must wait for something to happen, rather than waiting indefinitely, the waiting will be aborted after the timeout period has elapsed. This is based on the assumption that further waiting is useless, and some other action is necessary.


Developer(s)Microsoft, ReactOS Contributors
Operating systemWindows, ReactOS
LicenseWindows: Proprietary commercial software
ReactOS: GNU General Public License

Specific examples include:

See also


  1. ^ "timeout.c". July 13, 2019 – via GitHub.
  2. ^ "timeout".
  3. ^ "TIMEOUT.exe (Windows 7/2008 or later)".

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