I am looking for a word that describes the period or artificial interval between two interactions.

Let's say: I need to check my emails often, but they don't change every second and I don't want to sit in front of the computer all day. So I create myself an artificial interval, say 1 hour, and check the mail 24 times a day.

"I check my emails 24 times a day, because my ... is 1 hour."

  • Customer support staff sometimes quote a response time- the time that it takes to respond to a message from the user. Obviously, you can't always respond immediately so the time from reading to replying might need to be factored in.
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 8:20
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    Frankly, I think the best word is probably just "interval". I wouldn't phrase it the way your sentence is phrased, though; I would say something like "I check my email at intervals of one hour."
    – stangdon
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 14:03

2 Answers 2


I don't think there is a specific, single word for your usage, but easy possibilities are

checking interval
checking time
checking period

You could also say

I check my emails 24 times a day, because I check my emails every hour.


A recurring cycle is a period. Perhaps, you can use the word 'period' or'periodicity' for your email need. You could then say:

I check my emails on a periodic cycle of 30 minutes. Sounds a little heavy but saves some extra typing.

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