time lag


Definition of 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 The steering is loose and the brakes only work with an unpredictable time lag. WSJ, 1 May 2022 Remember this: The health of your team is a function of the average time lag between seeing and discussing problems. Justin Hale, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Schools still do post admission figures publicly, in the Common Data Set online and in reports to the Education Department, though there is a time lag before those are available. Melissa Korn, WSJ, 31 Mar. 2022 The time lag between taking a COVID test and getting the result is a critical factor in evaluating any diagnostic. Anthony Warmack, Scientific American, 28 Mar. 2022 Another problem is the time lag between the robot and Earth. Kurt Kleiner, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Mar. 2022 And the four-month time lag between these molecular twins raises a whole other set of complications. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 There is always an unfortunate time lag, regardless of your decision. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Feb. 2022 The time lag was due in part to Evergrande’s lack of communications or disclosures about its bonds after missing the payments. Elaine Yu, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of time lag

1892, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2022

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“Time lag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20lag. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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