access time


: the lag between the time stored information is requested (as from a computer) and the time it is delivered
Although other types of nonvolatile memory are increasingly available … such storage options typically cost more per bit and hold less data than disks do or have slow access time.P. Weiss

Examples of access time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Court access times are different, particularly for players like James who arrive very early to prepare. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2024 Finally in the game access time test in 3DMark, the MP700 was second best again to the Solidigm P44 Pro, but significantly better than the rest of the pack. Antony Leather, Forbes, 5 May 2023 Though team members could accommodate this during basic validation, future scenarios involving multiple pods would require more boards, which would lengthen idle processor cycles and slow down access times. David Wilson, IEEE Spectrum, 23 Jan. 2019 Each of the 26 drums held about 150K, had an access time of 20 milliseconds, and was shared between processors and displays. Frank O’Brien, Ars Technica, 4 Jan. 2022 That was necessary because of limited access time to the H1. Paul Smith-Goodson, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 The event kicks off Friday night with a cocktail battle (6 to 8 p.m., $50), and access times and entry fees vary throughout the weekend. Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of access time was in 1948

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“Access time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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access time

: the time lag between the time stored information (as in a computer) is requested and the time it is delivered
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