- the state of being latent.
- latent period.
- Computers. the period of delay when one component of a hardware system is waiting for an action to be executed by another component.
- Digital Technology. the time required online or in a network for the one-way or round-trip transfer of data between two nodes.
- Digital Technology. (in virtual reality and other types of simulation) the discrepancy between the time delay of stimulus and response in the simulation as compared to the real-world equivalent.
Origin of latency
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Examples from the Web for latency
The poet is one who has detected this latency of power in every breast.
A period of latency may result when the extension of the morbid process is thus hindered.
The hypothesis of latency which thus meets us in limine in this inquiry will soon be found inadequate to cover the facts.Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death
Frederick W. H. Myers
There is no absolute charge of matter with one fluid; no latency of a single electricity.Experimental Researches in Electricity, Volume 1
I shall now give an account of my experiments in the period of latency and the summation of stimuli.
Word Origin and History for latency
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The state of being latent.
- In conditioning, the period of apparent inactivity between the time the stimulus is presented and the moment a response occurs.
- latency period
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