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4 definitions found
 for latency
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Latency \La"ten*cy\, n. [See Latent.]
     1. The state or quality of being latent.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              To simplify the discussion, I shall distinguish
              three degrees of this latency.        --Sir W.
                                                    Hamilton.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The time between a stimulus the appearance of the
        response; the time between any causal action and the first
        appearance of the effect. Called also latent period.
        [PJC]
  
     3. Hence: (Med.) The time between exposure to a carcinogen or
        other disease-causing agent and the appearance of the
        consequent disease.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  latency
      n 1: (computer science) the time it takes for a specific block
           of data on a data track to rotate around to the read/write
           head [syn: rotational latency, latency]
      2: the time that elapses between a stimulus and the response to
         it [syn: reaction time, response time, latency, latent
         period]
      3: the state of being not yet evident or active

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  37 Moby Thesaurus words for "latency":
     abeyance, apathy, catalepsy, catatonia, cold storage, deadliness,
     deathliness, delitescence, doldrums, dormancy, entropy,
     indifference, indolence, inertia, inertness, intermission,
     interruption, languor, latent content, latent meaningfulness,
     latentness, lotus-eating, passiveness, passivity, possibility,
     potentiality, quiescence, quiescency, stagnancy, stagnation,
     stasis, suspense, suspension, torpor, vegetation, virtuality,
     vis inertiae
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  latency
  
      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.
  
     (2000-02-27)
  

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