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lag - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'lag' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Lag [ a.]
- Coming tardily after or behind; slow; tardy.
- Last; long-delayed; -- obsolete, except in the phrase lag end.
- Last made; hence, made of refuse; inferior.
2 . Lag [ n.]
- One who lags; that which comes in last.
- The fag-end; the rump; hence, the lowest class.
- The amount of retardation of anything, as of a valve in a steam engine, in opening or closing.
- A stave of a cask, drum, etc.; especially (Mach.), one of the narrow boards or staves forming the covering of a cylindrical object, as a boiler, or the cylinder of a carding machine or a steam engine.
- See Graylag.
- One transported for a crime.
3 . Lag [ v. i.]
- To walk or more slowly; to stay or fall behind; to linger or loiter.
4 . Lag [ v. t.]
- To cause to lag; to slacken.
- To cover, as the cylinder of a steam engine, with lags. See Lag, n., 4.
- To transport for crime.

Meaning of 'lag' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . lag [ n]
Meaning (1):
- the time between one event, process, or period and another
Example in sentence:
  • meanwhile the socialists are running the government
2 . lag [ v]
Meaning (2):
- cover with lagging to prevent heat loss
Example in sentence:
  • lag pipes
Meaning (3):
- lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
Example in sentence:
  • the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life;
  • The suspects were imprisoned without trial