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lag 1 (lăg)
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v. lagged, lag·ging, lags
v.intr.
1. To fail to keep up a pace; straggle: a hiker who lagged behind his companions on the trail.
2. To proceed or develop with comparative slowness: a nation that lags behind its neighbors in economic development.
3. To weaken or slacken; flag: My attention lagged when the lecturer changed subjects.
4. Games To determine the order of play by hitting or shooting a ball toward a mark, as in marbles or billiards, with the player whose ball stops closest to the mark going first.
v.tr.
1. To fail to keep up with (another): One horse lagged the others throughout the race.
2. To proceed or develop at a slower pace than (another): "putting new money into sectors that have lagged the market" (Peter Lynch).
3. Sports In golf, to hit (a putt) so that it stops a short way from the hole and can then be tapped in.
n.
1. An interval between one event or phenomenon and another: "He wondered darkly at how great a lag there was between his thinking and his actions" (Thomas Wolfe).
2. A condition of weakness or slackening: a lag in interest.

[From earlier lag, last person, from Middle English lag-, last (in lagmon, last man), perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

lagger n.

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lag 2 (lăg)
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n.
1. A barrel stave.
2. A strip, as of wood, that forms a part of the covering for a cylindrical object.
tr.v. lagged, lag·ging, lags
To furnish or cover with lags.

[Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish lagg; see leu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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lag 3 (lăg) Chiefly British Slang
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tr.v. lagged, lag·ging, lags
1. To arrest.
2. To send to prison.
n.
1. A convict.
2. An ex-convict.

[Origin unknown.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 

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