from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The time required for a computer program or device to locate and retrieve, or to write and store, a piece of data.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun computing The time interval between the issuing of a request to read data from or write data to a storage device and the completion of this action.
  • noun computing An item of metadata indicating when a file was last accessed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (computer science) the interval between the time data is requested by the system and the time the data is provided by the drive


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