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lag

noun \ ˈlag \

Definition of lag

1 : one that lags or is last
2 a : the act or the condition of lagging
b : comparative slowness or retardation
c (1) : an amount of lagging or the time during which lagging continues
(2) : a space of time especially between related events or phenomena : interval
3 : the action of lagging for opening shot (as in marbles or billiards)
4 golf : a usually long putt struck with the aim of having the ball stop near the hole

Origin and Etymology of lag

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect lagga to go slowly


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lag

verb

Definition of lag

lagged; lagging
1 a : to stay or fall behind : linger, loiter
b : to move, function, or develop with comparative slowness
c : to become retarded in attaining maximum value
2 : to slacken or weaken gradually : flag
3 : to toss or roll a marble toward a line or a cue ball toward the head cushion to determine order of play
4 golf : to hit a lag putt (see 1lag 4)
1 : to lag behind
  • current that lags the voltage
2 : to pitch or shoot (a coin, a marble, etc.) at a mark
3 golf : to hit (a golf ball or putt) with the aim of having the ball stop near the hole
  • Woods lagged his first putt to within four feet and then sank his second one to win.
  • —Tim Crothers

lagger

noun

First Known Use of lag

1530

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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Synonym Discussion of lag

delay, procrastinate, lag, loiter, dawdle, dally mean to move or act slowly so as to fall behind. delay usually implies a putting off of something (such as a beginning or departure).
    • we cannot delay any longer
procrastinate implies blameworthy delay especially through laziness or apathy.
    • procrastinates about making decisions
lag implies failure to maintain a speed set by others.
    • lagging behind in technology
loiter and dawdle imply delay while in progress, especially in walking, but dawdle more clearly suggests an aimless wasting of time.
    • loitered at several store windows
    • children dawdling on their way home from school
dally suggests delay through trifling or vacillation when promptness is necessary.
    • stop dallying and get to work

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lag

adjective

Definition of lag

Examples of lag in a Sentence

  1. we're now in the lag end of the project

First Known Use of lag

1552

in the meaning defined above

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lag

noun

Definition of lag

1 : a barrel stave
2 : a stave, slat, or strip (as of wood or asbestos) forming part of a covering for a cylindrical object

Origin and Etymology of lag

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse lǫgg rim of a barrel

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lag

verb

Definition of lag

lagged; lagging
: to cover or provide with lags

First Known Use of lag

1870

in the meaning defined above

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lag

verb

Definition of lag

lagged; lagging
1 slang, chiefly British : to transport or jail for crime
2 slang, chiefly British : arrest

Origin and Etymology of lag

origin unknown


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lag

noun

Definition of lag

1 slang, chiefly British
a : a person transported for crime
b : convict
c : an ex-convict
2 slang, chiefly British : a jail sentence : stretch

First Known Use of lag

circa 1812

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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LAG Defined for Kids

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lag

noun \ ˈlag \

Definition of lag for Students

: a space of time between two events
  • We resumed work after a short lag.

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lag

verb

Definition of lag for Students

lagged; lagging
: to move or advance slowly or more slowly than others
  • Work lagged behind schedule.
One hiker lagged behind the group.

Medical Dictionary

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lag

verb \ ˈlag \

medical Definition of lag

lagged; lagging
: to move, function, or develop with comparative slowness
  • the child lagged in perceptual development
  • symptoms may lag behind the radiographic changes
  • —Carol J. Johns & Theresa M. Michele
: to lag behind
  • current that lags the voltage

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lag

noun

medical Definition of lag

1 : the act or the condition of lagging
2 : comparative slowness or retardation (as in growth or development)
3 a : a space of time especially between related events or phenomena — see lag phase
b : the time between the application of a stimulus and the occurrence of the response it causes


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