my assumption here is that “operation” is anything that hits the database including a “query”???

If so, shouldn’t a long “SELECT” end up triggering the timeout (default is 10 seconds) and I’m talking things that still run 10 MINUTES or more?

Granted, the documentation is less than clear, but this timeout is only for when a lock is encountered. It’s how long the operation will wait for the lock to clear. So unless you’re doing multi-user or multi-threaded transactions that involve locking (usually only for writing to the db), this timeout is irrelevant.