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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lag \Lag\, n. 1. One who lags; that which comes in last. [Obs.] "The lag of all the flock." --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. The fag-end; the rump; hence, the lowest class. [1913 Webster] The common lag of people. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. The amount of retardation of anything, as of a valve in a steam engine, in opening or closing. [1913 Webster] 4. 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. [1913 Webster] 5. (Zool.) See Graylag. [1913 Webster] 6. 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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 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. [1913 Webster]