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dead time

Electronics. an interval during which an actuating signal produces no response.
Origin of dead time
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Never mind, let us look at that house in the dead time of year.

    General Bounce

    G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • Save for these infrequent diversions, the winter was a dead time at Llanyglo.

    Mushroom Town Oliver Onions
  • There could be no other explanation of their quitting their vessel at this dead time of night.

    Humphrey Bold

    Herbert Strang
  • He had nowhere to go—four o'clock is a dead time to drop in on people!

    The Vehement Flame Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
  • Her eyes, wherein the dead time hung just above the underlids, lingered, as with the wish for him to name the name.

  • It was done in the dim, dead time of faraway youth, but the Bishop had not forgotten.

    The Shepherd of the North Richard Aumerle Maher
  • But then it was such a dead time of year, no wild-fowl, no game, and the Lady Frasers were not in the country.

    Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
  • Yes; they educate the people to believe in these barbaric relics of a dead time,—for their own material interest.

  • They tell us that winter is a dead time in America; but we have found it as well and better than we expected.

  • It was a dead time, and the whole station seemed nearly deserted.

    That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 3(of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for dead time

dead time

(electronics) the interval of time immediately following a stimulus, during which an electrical device, component, etc, is insensitive to a further stimulus
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Contemporary definitions for dead time

the time lag between a stimulus and a response's 21st Century Lexicon
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