access-time

access time

noun Computers.
1.
the elapsed time from the instant that information is called from a storage unit to the instant it is received.
2.
the elapsed time from the instant that information is ready for storage to the instant it is stored.
Compare word time.


Origin:
1945–50

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access time
 
n
computing the time required to retrieve a piece of stored information

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