lead time

\ 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 Through their first eight games this playoff season, the Bruins did not yank their goaltender for the late extra skater — in part a reflection of their 6-2 record and an aggregate lead time of 127:01 vs. 70:56. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2021 Surely delivering down the road or even across the country provides a shorter lead time than overseas. Christine Bailey, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021 Birthistle also notes that couples will want to keep in mind that standard minimum lead time for destination weddings is around three months, given that guests will have to book travel, hotels, etc. Lucie Zhang, Vogue, 29 May 2021 Some analysts say the new strategy, along with the Fed’s current guidance to provide plenty of lead time before reducing bond purchases, could constrain its ability to move quickly if necessary. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, 12 May 2021 Moss describing the short lead time of furniture design. Jennifer Lee, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 The Caps began the night with an advantage in lead time of 39:02 vs. 8:47, approaching a 5:1 ratio. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 Superstars also need significant lead time—around six months—to prepare for tours. Neil Shah, WSJ, 12 May 2021 That’s something that always happens because there’s so much lead time. Washington Post, 11 May 2021

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First Known Use of lead time

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Lead time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead%20time. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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


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