dead time

Electronics. an interval during which an actuating signal produces no response.

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dead time
electronics the interval of time immediately following a stimulus, during which an electrical device, component, etc, is insensitive to a further stimulus

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Main Entry:  dead time1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a period during which a person or thing is unproductive and inactive; downtime
Main Entry:  dead time2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  in physics, the period after the recording of a particle or pulse when a detector does not record another
Usage:  science
Main Entry:  dead time3
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the time lag between a stimulus and a response's 21st Century Lexicon
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Example sentences
If you're on a long layover or have a long wait for your flight, there's a lot
  of dead time that can be used to get work done.
The dead time due to measurements is insignificant compared to the dead time
  due to commercials.
The three weeks in between are more or less dead time when the athletes compete
  in lesser meets or return to training.
How to fill in the dead time was always a problem for broadcasters.
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