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Meaning of LATENCY

Pronunciation:  'leytnsee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the state of being not yet evident or active
  2. [n]  the time that elapses between a stimulus and the response to it
  3. [n]  (computer science) the time it takes for a specific block of data on a data track to rotate around to the read/write head

LATENCY is a 7 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: latent period, reaction time, response time, rotational latency
 See Also: access time, interval, potency, potential, potentiality, time interval



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\La"ten*cy\, n. [See {Latent}.]
The state or quality of being latent.

      To simplify the discussion, I shall distinguish three
      degrees of this latency.                 --Sir W.

Computing Dictionary

1. The time it takes for a packet to cross a network connection, from sender to receiver.

2. The period of time that a frame is held by a network device before it is forwarded.

Two of the most important parameters of a communications channel are its latency, which should be low, and its bandwidth, which should be high. Latency is particularly important for a synchronous protocol where each packet must be acknowledged before the next can be transmitted.

Thesaurus Terms
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