time lag


: an interval of time between two related phenomena (such as a cause and its effect)

Examples of time lag in a Sentence

There's a time lag between when you see a stop sign and when your foot steps on the brake.
Recent Examples on the Web Paint, stickers, and toys that glow in the dark after a period of exposure to light exploit this time lag. Tracy H. Schloemer, IEEE Spectrum, 19 Sep. 2023 The smaller engine's 7.2-second 60-mph time lags 0.5 behind the number for the all-wheel-drive V-6, and the same was true with a rolling start in our 5-to-60-mph test. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 24 Mar. 2023 Explaining the 12-hour time lag between the explosions and the Kremlin’s announcement, Mr. Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said there was a need by Russia’s spy services to conduct an investigation first. Michael Schwirtz, New York Times, 4 May 2023 Because of that time lag, consultant Oliver Wyman predicts a shortage of 18,000 mechanics in the coming years. Stephen Stock, Jose Sanchez, Dilcia Mercedes, CBS News, 25 July 2023 The chicken was a bit of a victim to delivery time lag but retained most of its satisfying crunch. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2023 Due to time lags in communication between us and Enceladus, EELS needs to calculate risk, move around and collect data without the help of a team on Earth. Alex Chun, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2023 Despite this time lag, a concentrated, global conservation effort to reverse this trend is more pressing than ever. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 2 May 2023 At first, the derailment received little attention online but mentions grew steadily, peaking two weeks after the incident, Zignal found, a time lag that gave pro-Russia voices time to try to shape the conversation. David Klepper, The Enquirer, 20 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of time lag was in 1892

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“Time lag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20lag. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

time lag

: the period of time between two related happenings (as a cause and its effect)

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