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LAG, a. [This word belongs to the root of slack, slow, sluggish, languish, long; Gr. See the Verb.]

1. Coming after or behind; slow; sluggish; tardy.

2. Last; long delayed; as the lag end.

[This adjective is not now in use.]

LAG, n.

1. The lowest class; the rump; the fag end.

2. He that comes behind. [Not in use.]

LAG, v.i. [Eng. to flag, and flacceo, langueo, to languish, &c. The sense is to extend or draw out, or to become lax or loose.]

To walk or move slowly; to loiter; to stay behind.

I shall not lag behind.



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LAG, a. [This word belongs to the root of slack, slow, sluggish, languish, long; Gr. See the Verb.]

1. Coming after or behind; slow; sluggish; tardy.

2. Last; long delayed; as the lag end.

[This adjective is not now in use.]

LAG, n.

1. The lowest class; the rump; the fag end.

2. He that comes behind. [Not in use.]

LAG, v.i. [Eng. to flag, and flacceo, langueo, to languish, &c. The sense is to extend or draw out, or to become lax or loose.]

To walk or move slowly; to loiter; to stay behind.

I shall not lag behind.

LAG, a. [This word belongs to the root of slack, slow, sluggish, languish, long; Goth. laggs; W. llag, llac; Gr. λαγγευω, λαγγαζω. Class Lg. See the Verb.]

  1. Coming after or behind; slow; sluggish; tardy. – Shak.
  2. Last; long delayed; as, the lag end. – Shak. [This adjective is not now in use.]

LAG, n.

  1. The lowest class; the rump; the fag end.
  2. He that comes behind. [Not in use.] Shak.

LAG, v.i. [W. llag, llac, slack, loose; Goth. laggs, long; Eng. to flag, and flacceo, langueo, to languish, &c. The sense is to extend or draw out, or to become lax or loose. Class Lg.]

To walk or move slowly; to loiter; to stay behind. I shall not lag behind. – Milton.


Lag
  1. Coming tardily after or behind; slow; tardy.

    [Obs.]

    Came too lag to see him buried. Shak.

  2. One who lags; that which comes in last.

    [Obs.] "The lag of all the flock." Pope.
  3. To walk or more slowly] to stay or fall behind; to linger or loiter.

    "I shall not lag behind." Milton.

    Syn. -- To loiter; linger; saunter; delay; be tardy.

  4. To cause to lag; to slacken.

    [Obs.] "To lag his flight." Heywood.
  5. One transported for a crime.

    [Slang, Eng.]
  6. To transport for crime.

    [Slang, Eng.]

    She lags us if we poach. De Quincey.

  7. The failing behind or retardation of one phenomenon with respect to another to which it is closely related; as, the lag of magnetization compared with the magnetizing force (hysteresis); the lag of the current in an alternating circuit behind the impressed electro-motive force which produced it.
  8. Last; long-delayed; -- obsolete, except in the phrase lag end.

    "The lag end of my life." Shak.

  9. The fag-end; the rump; hence, the lowest class.

    The common lag of people. Shak.

  10. To cover, as the cylinder of a steam engine, with lags. See Lag, n., 4.
  11. Last made; hence, made of refuse; inferior.

    [Obs.] "Lag souls." Dryden.
  12. The amount of retardation of anything, as of a valve in a steam engine, in opening or closing.
  13. A stave of a cask, drum, etc.; especially (Mach.), one of the narrow boards or staves forming the covering of a cylindrical object, as a boiler, or the cylinder of a carding machine or a steam engine.
  14. See Graylag.

    Lag of the tide, the interval by which the time of high water falls behind the mean time, in the first and third quarters of the moon; -- opposed to priming of the tide, or the acceleration of the time of high water, in the second and fourth quarters; depending on the relative positions of the sun and moon. -- Lag screw, an iron bolt with a square head, a sharp-edged thread, and a sharp point, adapted for screwing into wood; a screw for fastening lags.

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Lag

LAG, adjective [This word belongs to the root of slack, slow, sluggish, languish, long; Gr. See the Verb.]

1. Coming after or behind; slow; sluggish; tardy.

2. Last; long delayed; as the lag end.

[This adjective is not now in use.]

LAG, noun

1. The lowest class; the rump; the fag end.

2. He that comes behind. [Not in use.]

LAG, verb intransitive [Eng. to flag, and flacceo, langueo, to languish, etc. The sense is to extend or draw out, or to become lax or loose.]

To walk or move slowly; to loiter; to stay behind.

I shall not lag behind.

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