lag·ging | \ˈla-giŋ \

Definition of lagging 

: a lag or material used for making lags: such as

a : material for thermal insulation especially around a cylindrical object

b : planking used especially for preventing cave-ins in earthwork or for supporting an arch during construction

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Rookie Lewis Brinson continues to endure growing pains, his average lagging at .146 despite hitting three homers on the road trip. Craig Davis,, "Stats mirror Marlins' dreadful start; series win in L.A. offers hope," 26 Apr. 2018 But 40 years of rapid national growth have left the north-east lagging behind. The Economist, "The bribe factoryLessons from China’s rust belt," 22 Feb. 2018 When summer revenue plummeted 14.6 percent to $3.83 billion, gains made earlier in the year were reversed, leaving 2017 domestic revenue lagging. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box-Office: After Awful Summer, 'It' Fuels Record September in U.S.," 2 Oct. 2017 Its latest report placed India at 136 out of 180 countries, down 3 places from last year, leaving the South Asian national lagging behind the likes of Myanmar, Colombia and even Zimbabwe. Manveena Suri, CNN, "Murder of Indian journalists sparks concern over press freedom," 25 Sep. 2017 Martin, hired to provide the music for his sister-in-law’s wedding on the same day as the royal visit, is hoping to turn the gig into a new start for his lagging career. Kevin Baker, New York Times, "A Debut Novel Imagines Political Intrigue at the 1939 World’s Fair," 13 Sep. 2017 Hardaway shifted between starting and super-sub roles, providing streaky scoring and decent outside shooting to a lagging Hawks offense that desperately needed it. Ben Golliver And Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2018: Biggest Snubs," 11 Sep. 2017 The changes come at a pivotal moment for Pandora, which for years dominated the internet radio market but has seen its growth stalled — and its stock price lagging — as listeners move to Spotify, Apple Music and elsewhere. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "Pandora, After Shake-Up, Picks New C.E.O.," 14 Aug. 2017 With foot traffic lagging at quick-service restaurants, chains are battling on all fronts to gain the attention of fast-food eaters. Nancy Luna, Orange County Register, "Del Taco announces 1-pound breakfast burrito, its biggest yet," 14 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of lagging

1851, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lagging

: a special material that is used to cover something (such as a pipe) to keep it from losing or gaining heat

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