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lead time

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noun
  1. the period of time between the initial phase of a process and the emergence of results, as between the planning and completed manufacture of a product.

Origin of lead time

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for lead time

lead time

noun
  1. manufacturing the time between the design of a product and its production
  2. commerce the time from the placing of an order to the delivery of the goods
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