American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The interval of time between application of a stimulus and detection of a response.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Physiol.) in nerve physiology, the interval between the application of a stimulus to an end organ of sense and the reaction or resulting movement; -- called also
- n. the time that elapses between a stimulus and the response to it
“17 In the first phase of the experiment, Jeffcoate and his associates determined that the average reaction time of the subjects was 504 milliseconds.”
“So close to land, their reaction time to a shore-launched missile or incoming raid was calculated in seconds rather than minutes.”
“In the third phase, the subjects were given naloxone instead of saline, plus alcohol, and after a 40-minute period their reaction time was tested.”
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