from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Output or production, as of a computer program, over a period of time.

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  • n. The rate of production; the rate at which something can be processed.
  • n. The rate at which data is transferred through a system.

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  • n. output relative to input; the amount passing through a system from input to output (especially of a computer program over a period of time)


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From through +‎ put.


  • While network may improve another other of magnitude in throughput, it is certain that data sets will grow two or more orders of magnitude in the same period of time.

    Amazon’s New Service Goes Postal Over Slow Broadband

  • Just yesterday (Thu, May 12) I noticed a big bump in throughput, so I ran the speed tests you've linked to again.

    Internet connection speeds

  • A cost-efficient and robust two transmitter solution in 20 MHz achieving 100 Mbps throughput is feasible, it says in a. pdf here, going on:

    WWiSE’s WiFi standard

  • I was blown away -- there are thousands of MP3s that I want there, and the throughput is stellar, nearly 100kps on my DSL connection.

    Boing Boing: November 25, 2001 - December 1, 2001 Archives

  • The project is supported by a long-term throughput agreement and we expect it to be accretive to cash available through KMP unitholders upon its completion.

  • In similar fashion to the Partnership's existing marine terminal operations, MMLP has entered into a long-term throughput agreement with MRMC for use of the Assets.

  • The project is supported by a long-term throughput agreement with a credit worthy shipper and is expected to be accretive to cash available to KMP unitholders upon completion.

  • As part of the transaction, the Valley Forge, Pa., partnership executed a long-term throughput agreement to supply propane for its retail operations.

    Philadelphia Business News - Local Philadelphia News | The Philadelphia Business Journal

  • “If you will bear with me, sir, for just a few moments longer,” said Murphy, “let’s go back to the word throughput.”


  • $8 billion pipeline backlog, but it is certainly prudent to do in that circumstance, and we can do it without sacrificing significant profitability because of the fact that so much of our earnings comes from a pipeline business, that doesn't have throughput or near-term throughput, or commodity price volatility. Home Page


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  • Wow. This word is fairly barfmaking.

    May 26, 2009

  • Universities have begun using this word to describe a department's number of grads. At my old school, the philosophy department is suffering from low throughput and may get axed.

    May 26, 2009

  • "Here at Costco it is possible to see the enormous throughput of the economy—its capacity to mobilize resources and energy and turn out waste. One store manager, on the floor for fourteen years, tells me he has seen eight pallets of paper towels move out the door in a single day. . . . I can hear the sound of chain saws laying off as falling trees cut the air somewhere high in the Cascades."

    — Steven Stoll, "Fear of Fallowing: The Specter of a No-Growth World," Harper's Magazine (March 2008).

    March 13, 2008