access time


noun Computers.

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.

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Origin of access time

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for access time

access time

noun

computing the time required to retrieve a piece of stored information
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