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lead time

[leed] /lid/
noun
1.
the period of time between the initial phase of a process and the emergence of results, as between the planning and completed manufacture of a product.
Also, lead-time.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for lead-time

lead time

/liːd/
noun
1.
(manufacturing) the time between the design of a product and its production
2.
(commerce) the time from the placing of an order to the delivery of the goods
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