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lead time

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noun
  1. the period of time between the initial phase of a process and the emergence of results, as between the planning and completed manufacture of a product.
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Origin of lead time

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
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Related Words for lead time

training, groundwork, establishment, study, arrangement, rehearsal, preparedness, construction, formation, plan, qualification, measure, education, precaution, rundown, anticipation, basis, fitting, alertness, manufacture

British Dictionary definitions for lead time

lead time

noun
  1. manufacturing the time between the design of a product and its production
  2. commerce the time from the placing of an order to the delivery of the goods
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