Definition of Lag

1. Noun. The act of slowing down or falling behind.

Exact synonyms: Retardation, Slowdown
Generic synonyms: Delay, Holdup
Derivative terms: Retard, Retard, Slow Down, Slow Down, Slow Down, Slow Down

2. Verb. Hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc..
Exact synonyms: Dawdle, Fall Back, Fall Behind
Generic synonyms: Follow
Specialized synonyms: Drag, Drop Back, Drop Behind, Get Behind, Hang Back, Trail
Derivative terms: Dawdler, Laggard, Lagger

3. Noun. The time between one event, process, or period and another. "Meanwhile the socialists are running the government"
Exact synonyms: Interim, Meantime, Meanwhile
Generic synonyms: Interval, Time Interval
Specialized synonyms: Interregnum

4. Verb. Lock up or confine, in or as in a jail. "They want to lag the prisoners "; "The murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"

5. Noun. One of several thin slats of wood forming the sides of a barrel or bucket.
Exact synonyms: Stave
Group relationships: Barrel, Cask
Generic synonyms: Slat, Spline

6. Verb. Throw or pitch at a mark, as with coins.
Generic synonyms: Flip, Pitch, Sky, Toss

7. Verb. Cover with lagging to prevent heat loss. "Lag pipes"
Generic synonyms: Cover
Derivative terms: Lagging

Definition of Lag

1. a. Coming tardily after or behind; slow; tardy.

2. n. One who lags; that which comes in last.

3. v. i. To walk or more slowly; to stay or fall behind; to linger or loiter.

4. v. t. To cause to lag; to slacken.

5. n. One transported for a crime.

6. v. t. To transport for crime.

7. n. The failing behind or retardation of one phenomenon with respect to another to which it is closely related; as, the lag of magnetization compared with the magnetizing force (hysteresis); the lag of the current in an alternating circuit behind the impressed electro-motive force which produced it.

Definition of Lag

1. Adjective. late ¹

2. Noun. A gap, a delay; an interval created by something not keeping up; a latency. ¹

3. Noun. Delay; latency. ¹

4. Noun. (British slang) a prisoner, a criminal. ¹

5. Noun. A minigame of billiards, where the order of the play is determined by testing who can get a ball closest to the bottom rail by shooting it onto the end rail. ¹

6. Verb. to fail to keep up (the pace), to fall behind ¹

7. Verb. to cover (for example, pipes) with felt strips or similar material ¹

8. Verb. (UK slang archaic) To transport as a punishment for crime. ¹

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Definition of Lag

1. to stay or fall behind [v LAGGED, LAGGING, LAGS]

Medical Definition of Lag

1. 1. One who lags; that which comes in last. "The lag of all the flock." 2. The fag-end; the rump; hence, the lowest class. "The common lag of people." (Shak) 3. The amount of retardation of anything, as of a valve in a steam engine, in opening or closing. 4. A stave of a cask, drum, etc. Especially, one of the narrow boards or staves forming the covering of a cylindrical object, as a boiler, or the cylinder of a carding machine or a steam engine. 5. See Graylag. Lag of the tide, the interval by which the time of high water falls behind the mean time, in the first and third quarters of the moon; opposed to priming of the tide, or the acceleration of the time of high water, in the second and fourth quarters; depending on the relative positions of the sun and moon. Lag screw, an iron bolt with a square head, a sharp-edged thread, and a sharp point, adapted for screwing into wood; a screw for fastening lags. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Lag

laevulinic acid
lag (current term)
lag bolt
lag phase
lag screw

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