elapsed time

noun

Definition of elapsed time

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

Examples of elapsed time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the next attempt the elapsed time dropped to 11.67 seconds while speed shot up to 126.1 mph. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Snakes alive! Shelby GT500 is the ultimate Mustang," 14 Apr. 2020 The Chargers used only 3 minutes 47 seconds of elapsed time to score 34 second-quarter points on their way to a 41-15 Sunset League victory over host Huntington Beach on Friday at Cap Sheue Field. Daily Pilot, "Second-quarter surge helps Edison football cruise to win at Huntington Beach," 18 Oct. 2019 In Pro Stock, Alex Laughlin went 6.520 at 210.80 mph on Friday, and his elapsed time held up for his second career No. 1 qualifier. Tom Fitzgerald, SFChronicle.com, "Millican, Hight lead qualifying in NHRA Sonoma Nationals," 27 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of elapsed time

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Elapsed time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elapsed%20time. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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