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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To the extent that horizon is shorter—say three or five years—then the probability of lagging becomes correspondingly greater. Mark Hulbert, WSJ, "Your Fund Performance Is Even More About Luck Than You Thought," 4 Nov. 2018 With inventory lagging, existing home sales have dropped With prices already at all-time highs in most markets, rising interest rates are likely to exacerbate affordability problems. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Is the housing market starting to cool off?," 2 Aug. 2018 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

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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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to gather or build up little by little

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