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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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 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 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 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 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 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 Perhaps more importantly, the latency (e.g. time lag) in the transmissions from the serving base stations to the portable users is less than 10 milliseconds, a critical metric where such small delays become indistinguishable to the human brain. Fortune, "Commentary: How 5G Technology Will Transform the Way We Live," 12 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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