wait state

wait state noun (computing)
The period of time that a microprocessor must wait while fetching data from a slower memory
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Main Entry:wait

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wait state,
a condition in which a computer processor must stop functioning between instructions: »

A wait state is one indicator of the overall speed and performance of a computer system (New York Times).

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n. the condition of computer software or hardware being unable to process further instructions while waiting for some event such as the completion of a data transfer

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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