time lag

noun

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.

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Gravitational waves travel at the speed of light, but since the detectors are so far apart, there should be a slight time lag and a small adjustment in amplitude to account for the curvature of the Earth. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "No more doubts: Two independent studies confirm LIGO’s Nobel discovery," 16 Dec. 2018 It was designed to blow up on a time lag, days after U.K. forces had given ground to invading Russian troops. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Britain Built a Nuclear Land Mine and Almost Used Chickens To Detonate It," 21 Dec. 2018 The National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planning agency and the lead body in the initiative, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the time lag. WSJ, "China Breaks Its Silence on 90-Day U.S. Tariff Truce," 5 Dec. 2018 Gravitational waves travel at the speed of light, but since the detectors are so far apart, there should be a slight time lag and a small adjustment in amplitude to account for the curvature of the Earth. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Danish physicists claim to cast doubt on detection of gravitational waves," 1 Nov. 2018 With Tesla, the time lag between Mr. Musk’s tweet and Nasdaq’s decision to halt trading suggests the exchange was blindsided by the CEO’s tweet—which would constitute a violation of Nasdaq rules, several traders and regulatory experts said. Akane Otani, WSJ, "After Tesla Buyout Tweet, Some Investors Wonder: Where Was Nasdaq?," 12 Aug. 2018 Its refresh rate is 100 fps, and there’s a display time lag of 0.005 seconds. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Fujifilm’s new X-T3 mirrorless camera upgrades everything that matters most," 6 Sep. 2018 This would upend the Fed’s practice of adjusting rates based on economic forecasts, because monetary policy works with long time lags. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "The Fed’s Biggest Dilemma: Is the Booming Job Market a Problem?," 11 June 2018 State officials hope a new facility will reduce the time lag in getting forensic results to police. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Crime lab, offices most likely for Loomis Crossing in Greenfield, developer said," 9 Apr. 2018

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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time lag

noun

English Language Learners Definition of time lag

: a period of time between two related actions (such as a cause and its effect)

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