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response time[ri′späns ‚tīm]
The delay experienced in time sharing between request and answer, a delay which increases when the number of users on the system increases.
The time required for the output of a control system or element to reach a specified fraction of its new value after application of a step input or disturbance.
The time it takes for the pointer of an electrical or electronic instrument to come to rest at a new value, after the quantity it measures has been abruptly changed.
response time(1) The time it takes for a pixel to change color. See pixel response time.
(2) The time it takes for a remote server to fulfill a user's query and return the answer such as retrieving a customer record, Web page or search result. See real-time system.