fall behind in movement, progress, or development; not keep pace with another or others:
they stopped to wait for one of the children who was lagging behind.
(also time lag)
a period of time between one event or phenomenon and another:
there was a time lag between the commission of the crime and its reporting to the police.
a retardation in an electric current or movement.
) [tr.] (usu. be lagged)
enclose or cover (a boiler, pipes, etc.) with material that provides heat insulation:
[as adj.] (lagged)
a lagged hot-water tank.
the nonheat-conducting cover of a boiler, etc.; lagging.
a piece of this.
chiefly Brit., inf.
a person who has been frequently convicted and sent to prison:
both old lags were sentenced to ten years' imprisonment.
) [tr.] archaic
arrest or send to prison.
, blag, brag, Bragg, crag, dag, drag, fag, flag, gag, hag, jag, lag, mag, nag, quag, rag, sag, scrag, shag, slag, snag, sprag, stag, swag, tag, wag, zag
•ragbag • saddlebag
•gasbag • ratbag • air bag • mailbag
, tea bag
•beanbag • windbag • kitbag • dillybag
•carpet bag • washbag • growbag
•punchbag • Stalag • jetlag • greylag
•gulag • dishrag • bullyrag • Morag
•ragtag • dog tag • Sontag • wigwag
scallawag) • zigzag
, dip-slip fault
, dipping less than 45°, on which there has been a relative downward displacement of the hanging wall
. See also FAULT
fail to keep pace, fall behind. XVI. contemp. with lag
sb.1 last or hindmost person, and adj. hindmost, falling behind, which may be a perversion of LAST3
, used dial. in children's games for ‘first, second, last’.
stave of a barrel XVII; lath or strip of material in a covering or casing (whence vb.) XIX. prob. of Scand. orig., cf. ON. lǫgg
rim of a barrel, f. Gmc. *laʒ-LAY1
†carry off, steal XVI; (sl.) transport, apprehend XIX. of unkn. orig.
sb.2 (sl.) convict; term of penal servitude. XIX.