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reaction time

noun, Psychology.
the interval between stimulation and response.
Origin of reaction time
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The distance marked on a cylinder by these two contacts measures the individual's reaction time.

  • As for the reaction time, I noted that it was growing longer and more significant.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • The apparatus is one that will measure a runner's "reaction time."

  • But anything that can be done to accelerate this reaction time is so much added to the efficiency of the individual.

    Spirit and Music H. Ernest Hunt
  • Precisely this kind of change in neural action and in reaction time is at the basis of voluntary action.

  • The first thing that strikes us is the fact that many test-persons show a marked prolongation of the reaction time.

  • With so simple a performance, the reaction time is very short, and delicate apparatus must be employed to measure it.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • The tapping experiment described in the first chapter can now be repeated and the results taken as a measure of reaction time.

    The Science of Human Nature William Henry Pyle
British Dictionary definitions for reaction time

reaction time

(physiol) another name for latent time
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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reaction time in Medicine

reaction time n.
The interval between the presentation of a stimulus and the response to it.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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