lagging

1
[lag-ing]

noun

the act of falling or staying behind.

adjective

lingering; loitering; slow and dragging: lagging steps.

Nearby words

  1. lafora body,
  2. lafora body disease,
  3. lafora's disease,
  4. laforgue,
  5. lafta,
  6. lag b'omer,
  7. lag correlation,
  8. lag line,
  9. lag screw,
  10. lag-screw

Origin of lagging

1
1590–1600; lag1 + -ing1, -ing2

Related formslag·ging·ly, adverb

lagging

2
[lag-ing]

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

2
First recorded in 1850–55; lag3 + -ing1

lag

1
[lag]

verb (used without object), lagged, lag·ging.

to fail to maintain a desired pace or to keep up; fall or stay behind: After five minutes of hard running, some of them began to lag.
to move or develop slowly, as toward a goal or objective, or in relation to an associated factor (often followed by behind): to lag behind in production.
to delay or fail in reaching full development: The factory lags regularly in making its quota.
to hang back; linger; delay: The old friends lagged because they wanted to talk some more.
to decrease, wane, or flag gradually, as in intensity: Interest lagged as the meeting went on.
Marbles. to throw one's shooting marble toward a line (lag line) on the ground in order to decide on the order of play.
Billiards, Pool. string(def 17b).

verb (used with object), lagged, lag·ging.

to fail to keep up with: The industry still lags the national economy.
Obsolete. to cause to lag.

noun

a lagging or falling behind; retardation.
a person who lags behind, is the last to arrive, etc.
an interval or lapse of time: There was a developmental lag in the diffusion of ideas.
Mechanics. the amount of retardation of some motion.
Electricity. the retardation of one alternating quantity, as current, with respect to another related alternating quantity, as voltage, often expressed in degrees.
Marbles, Billiards. the act of lagging.

Origin of lag

1
1505–15; < Scandinavian: compare Norwegian lagga to go slowly

lag

2
[lag]Chiefly British Slang.

verb (used with object), lagged, lag·ging.

to send to penal servitude; imprison.

noun

a convict or ex-convict.
a period or term of penal servitude; prison sentence.

Origin of lag

2
First recorded in 1565–75; origin uncertain

lag

3
[lag]

noun

one of the staves or strips that form the periphery of a wooden drum, the casing of a steam cylinder, or the like.
Masonry. a crosspiece between ribs in a centering.

verb (used with object), lagged, lag·ging.

to line or cover (an excavation) with lagging.
to cover with insulation, as a steam boiler, to prevent radiation of heat.

Origin of lag

3
1665–75; < Scandinavian; compare Swedish lagg stave

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British Dictionary definitions for lagging

lagging

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

lag

1

verb lags, lagging or lagged (intr)

(often foll by behind) to hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc
to fall away in strength or intensity
to determine an order of play in certain games, as by rolling marbles towards a line or, in billiards, hitting cue balls up the table against the top cushion in an attempt to bring them back close to the headrail

noun

the act or state of slowing down or falling behind
the interval of time between two events, esp between an action and its effect
an act of lagging in a game, such as billiards

Word Origin for lag

C16: of obscure origin

lag

2

noun

a convict or ex-convict (esp in the phrase old lag)
a term of imprisonment

verb lags, lagging or lagged

(tr) to arrest or put in prison

Word Origin for lag

C19: of unknown origin

lag

3

verb lags, lagging or lagged

(tr) to cover (a pipe, cylinder, etc) with lagging to prevent loss of heat

noun

the insulating casing of a steam cylinder, boiler, etc; lagging
a stave or lath

Word Origin for lag

C17: of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish lagg stave

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Word Origin and History for lagging

lag

v.

"fail to keep pace," 1520s, earlier as a noun meaning "last person" (1510s), later also as an adjective (1550s; e.g. lag-mon "last man"), all of uncertain relationship, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian lagga "go slowly"), or some dialectal version of last, lack, or delay. Related: Lag; lagging. The noun meaning "retardation" is from 1855. First record of lag time is from 1951.

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Medicine definitions for lagging

lagging

[lăgĭng]

n.

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

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