According to "Merriam Webster dictionaries" "latency" means:

A state of temporary inactivity

But, "network latency" is a term used to indicate any kind of "delay" that happens in data communication over a network.

So I wanted to ask if the word can be used to mean "delay" though its true sense is "a state of inaction".

  • Yes, internet speed latency. Delay.
    – Lambie
    Commented Apr 4, 2019 at 18:29

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A state of temporary inactivity can also occur in a network(due to noise and interference) during data communication and this can cause delays and is therefore referred to as network latency. Network latency is the cause of delay and by extension it can be used for network delays.

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