- 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.
lag definition by Webster's New World
- 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
- 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: uncertain 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
- Now Rare one that lags, or is last
Origin: probably ; from Scandinavian 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
- a convict or ex-convictoften old lag
- a term of imprisonment
lag definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb lagged lagged, lag·ging, lags verb, intransitive
- To fail to keep up a pace; straggle.
- To proceed or develop with comparative slowness: The electric current lags behind the voltage.
- To fail, weaken, or slacken gradually; flag.
- Games To determine the order of play in billiards by successively hitting the cue ball against the end rail, the ball rebounding closest to the head rail indicating the player to shoot first.
- To cause to hang back or fall behind.
- To shoot, throw, or pitch (a coin, for example) at a mark.
- The act, process, or condition of lagging.
- One that lags.
- A condition of slowness or retardation.
- a. The extent or duration of lagging: “He wondered darkly at how great a lag there was between his thinking and his actions” (Thomas Wolfe).b. An interval between events or phenomena considered together.
Origin: From earlier lag, last person, from Middle English lag-, last (in lagmon, last man), perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
- lagˈger noun
- A barrel stave.
- A strip, as of wood, that forms a part of the covering for a cylindrical object.
Origin: Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish lagg; see leu- in Indo-European roots.
Chiefly British Slangtransitive verb lagged lagged, lag·ging, lags
- To arrest.
- To send to prison.
- A convict.
- An ex-convict.
Origin: Origin unknown.