- The definition of a lag is the condition of falling behind, or the amount of falling behind.
- An example of a lag is a delay in a computer's start up.
- An example of a lag is a 10-minute delay.
- Lag is defined as to stay behind or fall behind
An example of lag is to be the last runner to finish a race.
- to fall, move, or stay behind; loiter; linger
- to move or develop more slowly than expected, desired, etc.; be retarded in motion, development, etc.
- to become gradually less intense, strong, etc.; wane; flag
- in the game of marbles, to toss a marble toward a line marked on the ground to determine the order of play
- Billiards to strike the cue ball so that it rebounds from the far rail to stop as close as possible to the near rail or the string line: done to decide the order of play
Origin of laguncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to obsolete Danish lakke, to go slowly
- a falling behind or being retarded in motion, development, etc.
- the amount of such falling behind; interval between two related events, processes, etc.: the lag of peak current behind peak voltage
- a lagging, as in billiards and marbles
- Archaic one that lags, or is last
Origin of lagprobably ; from Scand, as in Swedish lagg, barrel stave ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leu-, to cut off from source Classical Latin luere, to cleanse, purge
- to imprison
- to arrest
Origin of lag; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- a convict or ex-convictoften old lag
- a term of imprisonment
Chiefly British Slang
transitive verblagged, lag·ging, lags
- To arrest.
- To send to prison.
- A convict.
- An ex-convict.
Origin of lagOrigin unknown.
- A barrel stave.
- A strip, as of wood, that forms a part of the covering for a cylindrical object.
transitive verblagged, lag·ging, lags
Origin of lagProbably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish lagg; see leu- in Indo-European roots.
verblagged, lag·ging, lags
- To fail to keep up a pace; straggle: a hiker who lagged behind his companions on the trail.
- To proceed or develop with comparative slowness: a nation that lags behind its neighbors in economic development.
- To weaken or slacken; flag: My attention lagged when the lecturer changed subjects.
- Games To determine the order of play by hitting or shooting a ball toward a mark, as in marbles or billiards, with the player whose ball stops closest to the mark going first.
- To fail to keep up with (another): One horse lagged the others throughout the race.
- To proceed or develop at a slower pace than (another): “putting new money into sectors that have lagged the market” (Peter Lynch).
- Sports In golf, to hit (a putt) so that it stops a short way from the hole and can then be tapped in.
- An interval between one event or phenomenon and another: “He wondered darkly at how great a lag there was between his thinking and his actions” (Thomas Wolfe).
- A condition of weakness or slackening: a lag in interest.
Origin of lagFrom earlier lag, last person, from Middle English lag-, last (in lagmon, last man), perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
- Last made; hence, made of refuse; inferior.
(countable and uncountable, plural lags)
- (countable) A gap, a delay; an interval created by something not keeping up; a latency.
- (uncountable) Delay; latency.
- (UK, slang, archaic) One sentenced to transportation for a crime.
- (UK, slang) a prisoner, a criminal.
- (snooker) A method of deciding which player shall start. Both players simultaneously strike a cue ball from the baulk line to hit the top cushion and rebound down the table; the player whose ball finishes closest to the baulk cushion wins.
- One who lags; that which comes in last.
- The fag-end; the rump; hence, the lowest class.
- A stave of a cask, drum, etc.; especially (engineering) one of the narrow boards or staves forming the covering of a cylindrical object, such as a boiler, or the cylinder of a carding machine or steam engine.
- A bird, the greylag.
In casual use, lag and latency are used synonymously for “delay between initiating an action and the effect”, with lag more casual. In formal use, latency is the technical term, while lag is used when latency is greater than usual, particularly in internet gaming.
(third-person singular simple present lags, present participle lagging, simple past and past participle lagged)