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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.
To simplify the discussion, I shall distinguish
three degrees of this latency. --Sir W.
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.
3. Hence: (Med.) The time between exposure to a carcinogen or
other disease-causing agent and the appearance of the
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
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
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,
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :
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.
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