Of Celtic origin: confer (Gaelic) & (Irish) lagweak, feeble, faint, (Welsh) llag, llac, slack, loose, remiss, sluggish; probably akin to (English) lax, languid.
1. Coming tardily after or behind; slow; tardy. (obsolete) Came too lag to see him buried. (Shakespeare)2. Last; long-delayed; -- obsolete, except in the phrase lag end. "The lag end of my life." (Shakespeare)3. Last made; hence, made of refuse; inferior. (obsolete) "Lag souls." Dryden.
imperfect & past participle Lagged; present participle & verbal noun Lagging.
1. One who lags; that which comes in last. (obsolete) "The lag of all the flock." Pope.2. The fag-end; the rump; hence, the lowest class. The common lag of people. (Shakespeare)3. The amount of retardation of anything, as of a valve in a steam engine, in opening or closing.4. A stave of a cask, drum, etc.; especially (Machinery), 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.5. (Zoölogy) See Graylag. Lag of the tide, the interval by which the time of high water falls behind the mean time, in the first and third quarters of the moon; -- opposed to priming of the tide, or the acceleration of the time of high water, in the second and fourth quarters; depending on the relative positions of the sun and moon. -- Lag screw, an iron bolt with a square head, a sharp-edged thread, and a sharp point, adapted for screwing into wood; a screw for fastening lags.
To walk or more slowly; to stay or fall behind; to linger or loiter. "I shall not lag behind." Milton.
1. To cause to lag; to slacken. (obsolete) "To lag his flight." Heywood.2. (Machinery) To cover, as the cylinder of a steam engine, with lags. See
One transported for a crime. [Slang, England]
To transport for crime. [Slang, England] She lags us if we poach. De Quincey.
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lag (countable and uncountable, plural lags) (countable) A gap, a delay; an interval created by something not keeping up; a latency. 2004, May 10. The New Yorker Online, During the Second World War, for instance, the Washington Senators had a starting rotation that included four knuckleball pitchers. But, still, I think that some of that was just a generational lag. (uncountable) Delay; latency. 1999, Loyd Case, Building the ultimate game PC Whatever the symptom, lag is a drag. But what causes it? One cause is delays in getting the data from your PC to the game server. 2001, Patricia M. Wallace, The psychology of the Internet When the lag is low, 2 or 3 seconds perhaps, Internet chatters seem reasonably content. 2002, Marty Cortinas, Clifford Colby, The Macintosh bible Latency, or lag, is an unavoidable part of Internet gaming. (UK, slang, archaic) One sentenced to transportation for a crime. (UK, slang) a prisoner, a criminal. 1934, P. G. Wodehouse, Thank You, Jeeves On both these occasions I had ended up behind the bars, and you might suppose that an old lag like myself would have been getting used to it by now. (snooker) A method of deciding which player shall start. Both players simultaneously strike a cue ball from the baulk line to hit the top cushion and rebound down the table; the player whose ball finishes closest to the baulk cushion wins. One who lags; that which comes in last. Alexander Pope the lag of all the flock The fag-end; the rump; hence, the lowest class. Shakespeare the common lag of people A stave of a cask, drum, etc.; especially (engineering) one of the narrow boards or staves forming the covering of a cylindrical object, such as a boiler, or the cylinder of a carding machine or steam engine. A bird, the greylag.
lag (third-person singular simple present lags, present participle lagging, simple past and past participle lagged) to fail to keep up (the pace), to fall behind 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Canto I Behind her farre away a Dwarfe did lag, / That lasie seemd in being ever last, / Or wearied with bearing of her bag / Of needments at his backe. 1616, George Chapman, The Odysseys of Homer Lazy beast! / Why last art thou now? Thou hast never used / To lag thus hindmost 1717, The Metamorphoses of Ovid translated into English verse under the direction of Sir Samuel Garth by John Dryden, Alexander Pope, Joseph Addison, William Congreve and other eminent hands While he, whose tardy feet had lagg'd behind, / Was doom'd the sad reward of death to find. 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in seven parts Brown skeletons of leaves that lag / My forest-brook along 2004, — The New Yorker, 5 April 2004 Over the next fifty years, by most indicators dear to economists, the country remained the richest in the world. But by another set of numbers—longevity and income inequality—it began to lag behind Northern Europe and Japan. to cover (for example, pipes) with felt strips or similar material c. 1974, Philip Larkin, The Building Outside seems old enough: / Red brick, lagged pipes, and someone walking by it / Out to the car park, free. (UK, slang, archaic) To transport as a punishment for crime. De Quincey She lags us if we poach. (transitive) To cause to lag; to slacken. Heywood To lag his flight.
Adjective lag late 1592, William Shakespeare, King Richard III Some tardy cripple bore the countermand, / That came too lag to see him buried. (obsolete) Last; long-delayed. Shakespeare the lag end of my life Last made; hence, made of refuse; inferior. Dryden lag souls
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