laggard

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj laggard wasting time
    • n laggard someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Laggard One who lags; a loiterer.
    • a Laggard Slow; sluggish; backward.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • laggard Slow; sluggish; backward.
    • n laggard One who lags; a loiterer; a lazy, slack fellow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Laggard lagging: slow: backward
    • ns Laggard one who lags behind: a loiterer: an idler
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Quotations

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    “Enthusiasm is that kindling spark which marks the difference between the leaders in every activity and the laggards who put in just enough to get by.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Lag, + -ard,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Celt., as W. llag, loose, Gael. lag, feeble; cf. L. laxus, loose.

Usage

In literature:

Woe now to him who was dull of eye or laggard of foot!
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
No tacking, no need to study the charts, no laggard luxurious dining on the cabin hatch.
"Rambles Beyond Railways;" by Wilkie Collins
She was prompt to the rendezvous; it was the lover who was laggard.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
The company itself has been by no means laggard in celebrating its enterprise.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
What laggard in love are you to be here without her?
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Delinquents and laggards were sabred mercilessly or killed with lance-thrusts.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 89, May, 1875" by Various
With danger abroad he was no laggard.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
At length the laggard hands of the clock were close together on the figure 6.
"Nobody" by Louis Joseph Vance
A registered letter with premonitory twist of the screw "fetched" the patriot laggards.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Livingstone was the laggard.
"Graham of Claverhouse" by Ian Maclaren
They urge the laggards now.
"Beyond the Frontier" by Randall Parrish
In the new race the laggards would fall far behind.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
This generation may not see all the above, but science is no laggard in these days, and the next possibly will.
"The Truth About America" by Edward Money
Only life is slow; tedious and laggard with its burdens and its gleams.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
There was no waiting for laggards.
"The Campfire Girls on Ellen's Isle" by Hildegard G. Frey
I let the laggard peasants pass me on the homeward way.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Slowly the laggard hours slipped away in silence.
"The Galaxy, Volume 23, No. 2, February, 1877" by Various
When morning dawned, the heavens were cloudless, and the laggard sun, as it rose, shone with blinding glory upon peaceful miles.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
No doubt he thinks himself the laggard, and you just such another paragon as you have described.
"A Question of Marriage" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Ye were a laggard ever.
"The Black Arrow" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

Then laggard Adam sauntered near,
What Eve had heard he too must hear,
But ah! for aye will woman's voice
Make man to sigh or him rejoice.
"The Saxon Legend Of Language" by Mary Weston Fordham
Though scarcely now their laggard glance
Reach to an arrow's flight, that day
They shall behold, and not in trance,
The region "very far away."
"Fourth Sunday In Advent" by John Keble
Though I sob, "Your stay was long!
You are come,--but your feet were laggard!--
With mansuetude and song
For the soul your death has daggered."
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
The sad hours creep toward the dim light of dusk--
Ah! how each laggard moment slowly goes!
(O heart, dream of a garden filled with musk
And the sweet scent of rose!)
"August In The City" by Charles Hanson Towne
She saw the laggard twilight come
And, chased by rippling wakes of foam,
She saw the fisher fleet come home--
Brown sails a-sheen
Against the green
With shadows creeping in between!
"The Sea's Withholding" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Now with laggard steps returning
To the world from whence I came,
Leave I all the great West burning
With the day that died in flame, .
And the stars, with silver ray,
Light me on my homeward way.
"In The Winter Woods" by Frederick George Scott

In news:

Jabil Circuit Inc (JBL): Today's Featured Technology Laggard.
Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc (CCE): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard.
Coca- Cola Enterprises Inc (CCE): Today's Featured Food & Beverage Laggard.
Consolidated Edison Inc (ED): Today's Featured Utilities Laggard.
What if you're the Laggard.
Consolidated Edison Inc (ED): Today's Featured Utilities Laggard.
In trading on Friday, music & electronics stores shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 2.2.
In trading on Friday , music & electronics stores shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 2.2.
In trading on Tuesday, sporting goods & activities shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 1.2.
Jim Grant Suggests These Related Laggards.
In trading on Friday, rental, leasing , & royalty shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 1.
In trading on Wednesday, precious metals shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 1.3.
National Oilwell Varco Inc (NOV): Today's Featured Energy Laggard.
AACC Statement on the ICW Report "Leaders and Laggards, A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education".
Rounding Up the Online Laggards.
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In science:

This method is also applicable to other extremal features including for example laggard (smallest component) statistics.
Leadership Statistics in Random Structures
In the case of random trees, for instance, the total number of laggard changes grows logarithmically with the system size.
Leadership Statistics in Random Structures
At the opposite end of the size spectrum sits the laggard, the smallest component in the system.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
Unlike the leader, the laggard does not change its size for a relatively long period.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
Until this time, the laggard size remains unity.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
To investigate laggard statistics in the interesting regime N 1/2 ≪ t ≪ N we employ the same approach as for the leader.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
As in the leader case, the laggard size is proportional to the typical size, but modified by a logarithmic correction.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
Thus, the total number of laggard changes is much smaller compared with the leader.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
This can be understood by considering the probability that the laggard remains a monomer until the very last merger event between the final two subtrees.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
The probability that the laggard in the last merging event is a monomer is simply 2/(N − 1).
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
An interesting open question is the size distribution of the loser (the final laggard).
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
The tallest and the shortest are merely the height leader and laggard, respectively.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
Even though the shortest tree has a different growth law than the laggard (13), the time dependent number of changes grows according to (14).
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
Thus the total number of changes L(N ) ≃ ln N and the survival probability S (N ) ∼ N −1 are as in the laggard case.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
The smallest component is always a monomer and the laggard problem is trivial.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
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