lag

1.
v. & n.
—v.intr. (lagged, lagging)
1 (often foll. by behind) fall behind; not keep pace.
2 US Billiards make the preliminary strokes that decide which player shall begin.
—n.
1 a delay.
2 Physics a retardation in a current or movement. b the amount of this.
Phrases and idioms:
lag of tide the interval by which a tide falls behind mean time at the 1st and 3rd quarters of the moon (cf. PRIMING(2)).
Derivatives:
lagger n.
Etymology: orig. = hindmost person, hang back: perh. f. a fanciful distortion of LAST(1) in a children's game (fog, seg, lag, = 1st, 2nd, last, in dial.)
2.
v. & n.
—v.tr. (lagged, lagging) enclose or cover in lagging.
—n.
1 the non-heat-conducting cover of a boiler etc.; lagging.
2 a piece of this.
Etymology: prob. f. Scand.: cf. ON loumlgg barrel-rim, rel. to LAY(1)
3.
n. & v. sl.
—n. (esp. as old lag) a habitual convict.
—v.tr. (lagged, lagging)
1 send to prison.
2 apprehend; arrest.
Etymology: 19th c.: orig. unkn.

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  • lag — lag·an; lag; lag·e·na·ri·a; lag·e·nid·i·a·ce·ae; lag·e·nid·i·a·les; lag·e·noph·o·ra; lag·e·nos·to·ma; lag·gar; lag·gard·ness; lag·gin; lag·ging·ly; …   English syllables

  • LAG — est une compagnie belge fondée en 1947 par deux frères, Lambert et Arnold Geusens, d où le nom. Sommaire 1 Un fournisseur polyvalent 2 De LAG Bus à Van Hool 3 Situation récente 4 Galerie …   Wikipédia en Français

  • LAG 40 — Un LAG 40 de la Infantería de Marina de España. Tipo Lanzagranadas automático País de origen …   Wikipedia Español

  • Lag — Lag, n. 1. One who lags; that which comes in last. [Obs.] The lag of all the flock. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. The fag end; the rump; hence, the lowest class. [1913 Webster] The common lag of people. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. The amount of retardation …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • LAG — wird als Abkürzung verwendet für: Landarbeitsgesetz (Österreich) Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Landesarbeitsgericht Lastenausgleichsgesetz (Deutschland) Laufstall Arbeits Gemeinschaft e.V. La Guaira, Venezuela (Internationaler Flughafencode)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lag — (del inglés lag behind, rezagarse) es el retraso producido en una telecomunicación que dificulta el desarrollo normal de la misma, provocando desorientación o incomodidad en el usuario. Mientras toda comunicación a distancia implica un cierto… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Lag — (engl. Verzögerung) ist eine erhöhte Verzögerungszeit in Computernetzwerken und Telefonalangen. Diese tritt meist bei Problemen mit einer Server Client Verbindung auf, wenn Datenpakete zwischen den Teilnehmern einer solchen Verbindung unerwartet… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lag — Lag, a. [Of Celtic origin: cf. Gael. & Ir. lagweak, feeble, faint, W. llag, llac, slack, loose, remiss, sluggish; prob. akin to E. lax, languid.] 1. Coming tardily after or behind; slow; tardy. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Came too lag to see him buried …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lag — Ⅰ. lag [1] ► VERB (lagged, lagging) ▪ fall behind; follow after a delay. ► NOUN (also time lag) ▪ a period of time between two events; a delay. ORIGIN originally in the sense hindmost person : related to the dialect adjective lag (perh …   English terms dictionary

  • lag — lag1 [lag] vi. lagged, lagging [? akin to obs. Dan lakke, to go slowly] 1. a) to fall, move, or stay behind; loiter; linger b) to move or develop more slowly than expected, desired, etc.; be retarded in motion, development, etc. 2. to become… …   English World dictionary

  • Lag — Lag, v. t. 1. To cause to lag; to slacken. [Obs.] To lag his flight. Heywood. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mach.) To cover, as the cylinder of a steam engine, with lags. See {Lag}, n., 4. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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