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Response Time
  • The time a system takes to react to a given input. Note: If a message is keyed into a terminal by an operator and the reply from the computer, when it comes, is typed at the same terminal, response time may be defined as the time interval between the operator pressing the last key and the terminal typing the first letter of the reply.
  • In a data system, the elapsed time between the end of transmission of an enquiry message and the beginning of the receipt of a response message, measured at the enquiry originating station.
  • The time a functional unit takes to react to a given input. See also overshoot, turnaround time.