Latency Definition

lātn-sē
latencies
noun
latencies
The state or quality of being latent.
American Heritage Medicine
The latency period.
American Heritage Medicine
A latent period.
American Heritage Medicine
The time interval between initiating a query, transmission, or process, and receiving or detecting the results, often given as an average value over a large number of events.
American Heritage Medicine

(electronics) A delay, a period between the initiation of something and the occurrence.

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Delay.The total time required for a signal to travel from one point to another, generally from a transmitter through a network to a receiver. Propagation delay, a fundamental factor in latency, is dependent on the nature of the electromagnetic signal, as not all signals travel through a medium at the same speed. Propagation delay also is influenced by the distance between the two points, the density of the medium, the presence of passive devices such as loading coils that might increase the impedance of the medium. Latency also is affected by any processing time associated with devices such as repeaters, transponders, concentrators, multiplexers, switches, and routers as they variously transmit and retransmit, amplify and reamplify, time and retime, shape and reshape, code and decode, compress and decompress, encrypt and decrypt, and otherwise process signals and manipulate data. Latency also is affected by any time that data packets spend in queues due to issues of network congestion and any time required to retransmit packets errored or lost in transit. See also jitter.

Webster's New World Telecom

Other Word Forms of Latency

Noun

Singular:
latency
Plural:
latencies

Origin of Latency

  • latent +"Ž -cy

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