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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training, groundwork, establishment, study, arrangement, rehearsal, preparedness, construction, formation, plan, qualification, measure, education, precaution, rundown, anticipation, basis, fitting, alertness, manufacture
Origin of lead time
An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
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manufacturing the time between the design of a product and its production
commerce the time from the placing of an order to the delivery of the goods