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lag

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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 and Etymology of lag

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


First Known Use: 1514


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lag

verb

Definition of lag

lagged

lagging

  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

lagger

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>.

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lag

adjective

Definition of lag




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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 and Etymology of lag

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


First Known Use: 1672

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lag

verb

Definition of lag

lagged

lagging

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



1870

First Known Use of lag

1870

Other Metals and Metallurgy Terms


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lag

verb

Definition of lag

lagged

lagging

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

  3. 2 slang chiefly British :  arrest



Origin and Etymology of lag

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1812


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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

Rhymes with lag


LAG Defined for Kids

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lag

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noun \ˈlag\

Definition of lag for Students

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




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lag

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verb

Definition of lag for Students

lagged

lagging

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




Medical Dictionary

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lag

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verb \ˈlag\

Medical Definition of lag

lagged

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lagging

  1. intransitive verb

  2. :  to move, function, or develop with comparative slowness <the child lagged in perceptual development> <symptoms may lag behind the radiographic changes—Carol J. Johns & Theresa M. Michele>

  3. transitive verb

  4. :  to lag behind <current that lags the voltage>




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lag

noun

Medical Definition of lag

  1. 1:  the act or the condition of lagging

  2. 2:  comparative slowness or retardation (as in growth or development)

  3. 3a:  a space of time especially between related events or phenomena—see lag phaseb:  the time between the application of a stimulus and the occurrence of the response it causes




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