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dead time

Electronics. an interval during which an actuating signal produces no response.
Origin of dead time
1905-10 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dead time
  • 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.
  • dead time shall be calculated on the basis of calendar days.
  • The dead time is measured using two different apertures and varying the count rate each time by inserting attenuators in the beam.
British Dictionary definitions for dead time

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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Contemporary definitions for dead time

the time lag between a stimulus and a response's 21st Century Lexicon
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