Dictionary:Latency

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{{#category_index:L|latency}} (lāt’ ∂n sē) Access time, the time delay between successive communications. Latency is caused by propagation delays and the queuing of disks or tapes. For a disk, the time to move the disk arm (seek latency) plus the time waiting for the desired data to pass the head (rotational latency). See also access time.