from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being latent.
  • n. Psychology The latency period.
  • n. A latent period.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being latent.
  • n. A delay, a period between the initiation of something and the occurrence.
  • n. The delay between a stimulus and the response it triggers in an organism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being latent.
  • n. The time between a stimulus the appearance of the response; the time between any causal action and the first appearance of the effect. Called also latent period.
  • n. The time between exposure to a carcinogen or other disease-causing agent and the appearance of the consequent disease.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being latent or concealed; unobserved or undeveloped existence.

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

  • n. the time that elapses between a stimulus and the response to it
  • n. (computer science) the time it takes for a specific block of data on a data track to rotate around to the read/write head
  • n. the state of being not yet evident or active


latent +‎ -cy (Wiktionary)



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  • Que?

    July 9, 2008

  • "The state of being not yet evident or active"

    August 13, 2007

  • I think your completely wrong. Any given operation across a network has a latency, but overall, a period of unusually high latencies can be abbreviated as lag. If you can come up with a one syllable (or even two) way to say this better, I'll take it.

    June 22, 2007

  • I find it really frustrating when people talk about "network lag," since "latency" is such a great word for it. When people people say they have "network lag" I often wonder if they also have "brain lag."

    June 21, 2007