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ˈleɪt n sila·ten·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rotational latency, latencynoun

    (computer science) the time it takes for a specific block of data on a data track to rotate around to the read/write head

  2. reaction time, response time, latency, latent periodnoun

    the time that elapses between a stimulus and the response to it

  3. latencynoun

    the state of being not yet evident or active


  1. Latencynoun

    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.

  2. Latencynoun

    Hence: (Med.) The time between exposure to a carcinogen or other disease-causing agent and the appearance of the consequent disease.


  1. latencynoun

    The state of being latent.

  2. latencynoun

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

  3. latencynoun

    The delay between a stimulus and the response it triggers in an organism.


  1. latency

    Latency is a measure of time delay experienced in a system, the period between the initiation of a process and its completion or the execution of a particular action. In computing, it’s often referred to as the time it takes for a data packet to move from one point to another in a network. Higher latency results in more delay and lower latency means less delay.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Latencynoun

    the state or quality of being latent

  2. Etymology: [See Latent.]


  1. Latency

    Latency is a measure of time delay experienced in a system, the precise definition of which depends on the system and the time being measured. In communications, the lower limit of latency is determined by the medium being used for communications. In reliable two-way communication systems, latency limits the maximum rate that information can be transmitted, as there is often a limit on the amount of information that is "in-flight" at any one moment. In the field of human-machine interaction, perceptible latency has a strong effect on user satisfaction and usability.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of latency in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of latency in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of latency in a Sentence

  1. Jacqueline Moline:

    Cancer has a latency period. The earliest cancers are the blood cancers. And then you see solid tumors, so the fact that we're seeing tumors on the uptick is not a surprise at all.

  2. Jae Jung:

    My feeling is that Zika is very close to dengue virus, there is probably a very, very low chance of latency.

  3. Rudolf Baumeister:

    [ W ] e've developed our technology so that the real world and virtual world are synced, this means that what you see and what you feel lineup with almost no latency — this reduces motion sickness.

  4. Doug Cifu:

    What we have at Virtu is a technology plant that is multi-asset class, multi-currency and very low latency and very efficient and very scaled, to the extent we can use that asset and leverage that asset into what I will call related and ancillary businesses ... I'm very open to it.

  5. Daryl Herzmann:

    NWS is plagued with IT-related outages and failures during high impact weather events, this particular kind of latency issue only happened once before, during Hurricane Ida.

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