Lag meaning

lăg
Lag is defined as to stay behind or fall behind.

An example of lag is to be the last runner to finish a race.

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To fail to keep up a pace; straggle.

A hiker who lagged behind his companions on the trail.

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To proceed or develop with comparative slowness.

A nation that lags behind its neighbors in economic development.

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To weaken or slacken; flag.

My attention lagged when the lecturer changed subjects.

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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.
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To fail to keep up with (another).

One horse lagged the others throughout the race.

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To proceed or develop at a slower pace than (another).
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In golf, to hit (a putt) so that it stops a short way from the hole and can then be tapped in.
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An interval between one event or phenomenon and another.
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A condition of weakness or slackening.

A lag in interest.

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A barrel stave.
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A strip, as of wood, that forms a part of the covering for a cylindrical object.
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To furnish or cover with lags.
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To arrest.
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To send to prison.
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A convict.
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An ex-convict.
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To become gradually less intense, strong, etc.; wane; flag.
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In the game of marbles, to toss a marble toward a line marked on the ground to determine the order of play.
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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.
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A falling behind or being retarded in motion, development, etc.
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The amount of such falling behind; interval between two related events, processes, etc.

The lag of peak current behind peak voltage.

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A lagging, as in billiards and marbles.
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One that lags, or is last.
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A strip of insulating material used for covering boilers, cylinders, etc.
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To cover with insulating material.
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To imprison.
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To arrest.
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A convict or ex-convict.
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A term of imprisonment.
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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.

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Origin of lag

  • From earlier lag last person from Middle English lag- last (in lagmon last man) perhaps of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably of Scandinavian origin Swedish lagg leu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition