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loiter

v. to linger or hang around in a public place or business where one has no particular or legal purpose. In many states, cities, and towns there are statutes or ordinances against loitering by which the police can arrest someone who refuses to "move along." There is a question as to whether such laws are constitutional. However, there is often another criminal statute or ordinance which can be applied specifically to control aggressive begging, soliciting prostitution, drug dealing, blocking entries to stores, public drunkenness, or being a public nuisance.

loiter

verb be idle, be vagrant, cessare, hang around, idle, linger, move aimlessly, pass time in idleness, poke, stand around, tarry, wander aimlessly
Associated concepts: vagrancy
See also: delay, pause, procrastinate, prowl
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it would loiter for 30 minutes at around 750 ft, using its laser-radar to search for targets, compare their responses with memorised signatures and attack with a tri-mode warhead.
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First, neither history nor Court precedent support the plurality view that "the freedom to loiter for innocent purposes is part of the 'liberty' protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
The term loiter was defined as "to remain in any one place with no apparent purpose.
Global Hawk can loiter over an assigned area for more than a day or can be retasked to gather information over hot spots at a moment's notice,'' said Jerry Madigan, vice president of Northrop Grumman's High Altitude Long Endurance programs.
The city's municipal code states that it is illegal for anyone under 18 to loiter on public streets, curbs, parking and vacant lots, in public buildings or any unsupervised public place between 10 p.
Loitering is defined by the county as any member of a criminal street gang as that term is defined in the California Penal Code ``who is in the company of or acting in concert with a member of a criminal street gang'' to loiter or idle in a public place, including sidewalks, alleys, parks, hospitals, playgrounds, apartment house, office building or anywhere else the public is invited.
When an object violates a rule, for example, a small boat loiters next to a ship, a bag is left unattended in an airport terminal or a shopper displays characteristics of shoplifting, the software alerts security personnel by phone, pager, email or an alert console.
When an object violates a rule, for example, a small boat loiters next to a ship or a bag is left unattended at a cruise ship terminal, the software alerts port security personnel by phone, pager, email or an alert console.
a small boat loiters next to a ship, a bag is left unattended in an airport terminal or a shopper displays characteristics of shoplifting) the software alerts security personnel by phone, pager, e-mail or an alert console.