lead time

noun
\ ˈlēd- How to pronounce lead time (audio) \

Definition of lead time

: the time between the beginning of a process or project and the appearance of its results

Examples of lead time in a Sentence

We will need at least six months lead time before production begins.
Recent Examples on the Web Deadlines vary, but generally restaurants and bakeries require a longer lead time than grocery stores. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 The lead time to obtain election hardware is two- to three-times longer than the norm, a delay not seen since 1999 or 2000, Smith said. Scott Bauer, Anchorage Daily News, 20 July 2022 While storm watches were not in effect in advance of the Bowie twister, the Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the area at 5:21 p.m., offering about 10 minutes of lead time. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 5 July 2022 With Roe, the situation is particularly galling, given the long lead time the administration was given. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 11 July 2022 Companies will need lead time to manufacture doses of new vaccines if it is decided they are needed. Matthew Herper, STAT, 28 June 2022 The product configurator automated the complete engineering selection process and improved quote-to-order process and reduced the lead time taken by customers to create quotes. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Shutting the gas off now would also provide sufficient lead time to adjust to new political trade-offs. Steve Cicala, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Pfizer, for example, resisted licensing COVID-19 vaccine, arguing the advanced manufacturing required would have meant a long lead time. Drew Armstrong, Fortune, 25 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lead time

1944, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

16 Aug 2022

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“Lead time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead%20time. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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