latency

Latency is a noun referring to something inactive, dormant, or lying in wait. It’s the state of not being visibly active yet — like when you're hiding out and waiting to jump up and yell "Surprise!"

Perhaps a little late, perhaps right on time, latency will wake up from its nap eventually. For a characteristic or skill to be in a period of latency, it does have to exist. So you should only use latency to describe your pitching ability if there is a fastball in you somewhere – otherwise, just admit you can’t pitch. If you’re in the lab, latency is also used to describe the period between a stimulus and a response.

Definitions of latency
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n the state of being not yet evident or active

Type of:
potency, potential, potentiality
the inherent capacity for coming into being

n the time that elapses between a stimulus and the response to it

Synonyms:
latent period, reaction time, response time
Type of:
interval, time interval
a definite length of time marked off by two instants

n (computer science) the time it takes for a specific block of data on a data track to rotate around to the read/write head

Synonyms:
rotational latency
Type of:
interval, time interval
a definite length of time marked off by two instants

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