elapsed time


Definition of elapsed time

: the actual time taken (as by a boat or automobile in traveling over a racecourse)

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If the trap speed had been in line with Dodge’s claimed 131 mph, then the elapsed time would’ve been, too. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Drag Race a 797-Horsepower Hellcat Redeye," 13 Nov. 2018 In the final, Hartford ran a 6.522-second elapsed time at 211.36 mph to Enders’ 6.570 and 210.50. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "Brittany Force crowned champion at 31st annual NHRA Spring Nationals," 22 Apr. 2018 The method that finds the shorter half-life counts the number of neutrons in a bottle after an elapsed time. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Dark matter not at the core of neutron stars," 9 Aug. 2018 All told, the sequence from Moreno’s pass deep in Mexico’s own end to Chicharito’s goal has involved five players, four passes, and just 11 seconds of elapsed time. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "Masters of Modern Soccer: Chicharito and the Art of Mexico's Synchronization," 3 May 2018 On Friday, Force had an excellent pass on her second qualifying attempt, with an elapsed time of 3.701 seconds at 313.80 mph to be No. 1 qualifier heading into Saturday's final two qualifying sessions. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "Brittany Force debuting new car at SpringNationals," 20 Apr. 2018 The driver must use the throttle with precision, steer accurately and shift at the correct intervals to record a good elapsed time and top speed. Paul Stenquist, New York Times, "Virtual Reality Is Carmakers’ Latest Selling Tool, at Shows and in Showrooms," 29 Mar. 2018 This watch’s ability to record elapsed time, even without a dial, might inspire another Marcel Proust. Michael Clerizo, WSJ, "Critic’s Choice: The 8 Best Watches of 2017," 18 Dec. 2017 Instead of a generic display for infinite data and apps, the face displays speed, distance, ascent, and elapsed time. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Why Computers Should Be Hidden," 25 Oct. 2017

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circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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