American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Insulation used to prevent heat diffusion, as from a steam pipe.
- n. A wooden frame built especially to support the sides of an arch until the keystone is positioned.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of walking or moving slowly, or of falling behind.
- n. In architecture, the planking, consisting of narrow strips, extending from one rib of the centering of an arch, vault, or tunnel to another, and affording direct support to the voussoirs until the arch or vault is closed in.
- n. In mining, strips of wood or light timbers laid across the stulls in the drifts to prevent fragments of rock from falling through. In some coal-mines bars or rails of iron are used for this purpose, and give an important increment of strength to the construction. Sometimes called
- n. In machinery, same as deading.
- n. A covering for the face of a pulley, designed to increase its effective diameter or to augment the adhesion of the belt.
- n. Same as lag, n., 7.
- n. Nautical, the part of a barrel-stave beyond the head. Also spelled laggin.
- adj. falling behind, not keeping up the pace
- adj. Occurring after; indicating the later phase of
- n. The covering of something with strips of felt, wood etc, either as insulation or for protection
- n. The material so used
- v. present participle of lag.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mach.) The clothing (esp., an outer, wooden covering), as of a steam cylinder, applied to prevent the radiation of heat; a covering of lags; -- called also
- n. Lags, collectively; narrow planks extending from one rib to another in the centering of arches.
- n. used to wrap around pipes or boilers or laid in attics to prevent loss of heat
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- From lag2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Beware, the jobs market is what we call a lagging indicator.”
“So what this is telling us is that the labor market is continuing to deteriorate and, remember, this is what we call a lagging indicator.”
“What she wants to do is try to push forward what she describes as a lagging effort to deal with millions and millions of very vulnerable people.”
“VILES: Investors tend to brush off jobless reports as what they call a lagging indicator, but the jobless rate has never lagged like this before.”
“The real reason i think the GOPs are lagging is because they don't have any plans for the future.”
“But Gray warns men that if they don't start breaking the Martian rules and changing, they will begin lagging behind the competition.”
“Variations in CO2 greenhouse gases of between 7,000 - 380 ppm of atmosphere which show a short-term lagging (800 years) correlation but no long-term leading correlation with the earth's temperature.”
“This is why the number is often referred to as a lagging economic indicator.”
“Does Michael Steel understand the word lagging or does he think that the public are stupid?”
“The unemployment rate is what's called a lagging indicator.”
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