Share this entry

Share this page

dead time

Line breaks: dead time

Definition of dead time in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Time in which someone or something is inactive or unable to act productively: the dead time spent on aeroplanes and buses
More example sentences
  • Surely we should move the US presidential process forward and start it in June or something, so we don't have all this dead time for half a year.
  • There are no embarrassing moments and no dead time.
  • I have 80 newsfeeds on my phone because I can read those 80 during dead time on public transport while they are still fresh.
1.1 Physics The period after the recording of a particle or pulse when a detector is unable to record another.
Example sentences
  • The bias in the estimated triplet parameters as presented in Table 2 disappears when introducing corrections for the dead time of the detector.
  • The method provides sufficient signal-to-noise ratio to measure fast fluorescence decays with ~ 400 s dead time, while consuming only picomoles of material.
  • The circuit compensates for dead time over a wide range of count rates by producing a dead-time pulse for each detected event, a live-time pulse that spans the interval between dead-time pulses, and circuits that average the value of these pulses over time.

Definition of dead time in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day gourmand
Pronunciation: ˈɡʊəmənd
noun
a person who enjoys eating…