access time


Definition of 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 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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First Known Use of access time

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Access time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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