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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There was no criminal case because of the elapsed time. Washington Post, "Trial for priests accused of abusing deaf Argentine students," 5 Aug. 2019 Battiston, in second e-mail said the total elapsed time was about 10 minutes duration. BostonGlobe.com, "Delay on Braintree branch on Red Line in North Quincy lasted ten minutes, MBTA says," 8 July 2019 Although no explicit link has yet been drawn between temporal organization and grid cells, scientists have seen hints of a connection: Grid cells signal elapsed time in rats running on treadmills, for instance. Quanta Magazine, "The Brain Maps Out Ideas and Memories Like Spaces," 14 Jan. 2019 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

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First Known Use of elapsed time

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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