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access time

noun, Computers.
the elapsed time from the instant that information is called from a storage unit to the instant it is received.
the elapsed time from the instant that information is ready for storage to the instant it is stored.
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1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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access time

(computing) the time required to retrieve a piece of stored information
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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access time in Technology

hardware, storage
The average time interval between a storage peripheral (usually a disk drive or semiconductor memory) receiving a request to read or write a certain location and returning the value read or completing the write.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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