lagging

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[ lag-ing ]
/ ˈlæg ɪŋ /

noun

the act of falling or staying behind.

adjective

lingering; loitering; slow and dragging: lagging steps.

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Origin of lagging

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1590–1600; lag1 + -ing1,-ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM lagging

lag·ging·ly, adverb

Definition for lagging (2 of 2)

lagging2
[ lag-ing ]
/ ˈlæg ɪŋ /

noun

the act of covering a boiler, oil tank, etc., with heat-insulating material.
the covering formed.
the material used.
a number of boards or the like joined together side by side to line an excavation.
Masonry. a number of lags, taken as a whole.

Origin of lagging

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First recorded in 1850–55; lag3 + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for lagging

lagging
/ (ˈlæɡɪŋ) /

noun

insulating material wrapped around pipes, boilers, etc, or laid in a roof loft, to prevent loss of heat
the act or process of applying lagging
a wooden frame used to support an arch during construction
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Medical definitions for lagging

lagging
[ lăgĭng ]

n.

Retarded or diminished movement of the affected side of the chest in pulmonary tuberculosis.
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