- the elapsed time from the instant that information is called from a storage unit to the instant it is received.
- the elapsed time from the instant that information is ready for storage to the instant it is stored.
Compare word time.
Origin of access time
First recorded in 1945–50
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- computing the time required to retrieve a piece of stored information
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