Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

lag

play
noun \ˈlag\

Definition of lag

  1. 1 :  one that lags or is last

  2. 2 a :  the act or the condition of lagging b :  comparative slowness or retardation c (1) :  an amount of lagging or the time during which lagging continues (2) :  a space of time especially between related events or phenomena :  interval

  3. 3 :  the action of lagging for opening shot (as in marbles or billiards)

  4. 4 :  a usually long putt struck with the aim of having the ball stop near the hole



Origin of lag

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect lagga to go slowly


First Known Use: 1514

Rhymes with lag


2

lag

verb

Definition of lag

laggedlag·ging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to stay or fall behind :  linger, loiter b :  to move, function, or develop with comparative slowness c :  to become retarded in attaining maximum value

  3. 2 :  to slacken or weaken gradually :  flag

  4. 3 :  to toss or roll a marble toward a line or a cue ball toward the head cushion to determine order of play

  5. 4 :  to hit a lag putt

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 :  to lag behind <current that lags the voltage>

  8. 2 :  to pitch or shoot (as a coin or marble) at a mark

  9. 3 :  to hit (a golf ball or putt) with the aim of having the ball stop near the hole

lag·ger noun


1530

First Known Use of lag

1530

Synonym Discussion of lag

delay, retard, slow, slacken, detain mean to cause to be late or behind in movement or progress. delay implies a holding back, usually by interference, from completion or arrival <bad weather delayed our arrival>. retard suggests reduction of speed without actual stopping <language barriers retarded their progress>. slow and slacken also imply a reduction of speed, slow often suggesting deliberate intention <medication slowed the patient's heart rate>, slacken an easing up or relaxing of power or effort <on hot days runners slacken their pace>. detain implies a holding back beyond a reasonable or appointed time <unexpected business had detained her>.

delay, procrastinate, lag, loiter, dawdle, dally mean to move or act slowly so as to fall behind. delay usually implies a putting off (as a beginning or departure) <we cannot delay any longer>. procrastinate implies blameworthy delay especially through laziness or apathy <procrastinates about making decisions>. lag implies failure to maintain a speed set by others <lagging behind in technology>. loiter and dawdle imply delay while in progress, especially in walking, but dawdle more clearly suggests an aimless wasting of time <loitered at several store windows> <children dawdling on their way home from school>. dally suggests delay through trifling or vacillation when promptness is necessary <stop dallying and get to work>.

3

lag

adjective

Definition of lag




4

lag

noun

Definition of lag

  1. 1 :  a barrel stave

  2. 2 :  a stave, slat, or strip (as of wood or asbestos) forming part of a covering for a cylindrical object



Origin of lag

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse lǫgg rim of a barrel


First Known Use: 1672

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms


5

lag

verb

Definition of lag

laggedlag·ging

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cover or provide with lags



1870

First Known Use of lag

1870

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms


6

lag

verb

Definition of lag

laggedlag·ging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 slang chiefly British :  to transport or jail for crime

  3. 2 slang chiefly British :  arrest



Origin of lag

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1812


7

lag

noun

Definition of lag

  1. 1 slang chiefly British a :  a person transported for crime b :  convict c :  an ex-convict

  2. 2 slang chiefly British :  a jail sentence :  stretch



Circa 1812

First Known Use of lag

circa 1812


LAG Defined for Kids

1

lag

play
noun \ˈlag\

Definition of lag

  1. :  a space of time between two events <We resumed work after a short lag.>




2

lag

play
verb

Definition of lag

laggedlag·ging

  1. :  to move or advance slowly or more slowly than others <Work lagged behind schedule.> <One hiker lagged behind the group.>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up lag? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders pince-nez spindrift duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ