When two computers are talking to each other, one may take so long to respond that the other computer will eventually give up, or log off. When this break in connection occurs, it is called a timeout.
A `timeout' is what happens when two computers are `talking' and one computer fails to respond. The other computer keeps on trying for a specified period of time, but eventually `gives up'.
a situation that prompts the execution of a default branch if a player does not respond within a set period of time.