Definition of duty cycle in English:

duty cycle


  • 1The cycle of operation of a machine or other device which operates intermittently rather than continuously.

    • ‘The technical specifications of a tape drive indicate how high a duty cycle it will best operate in.’
    • ‘Reliability numbers are based and predicated on an expected duty cycle and mode of operation.’
    • ‘In terms of intermittent exercise, this means the duty cycle must decrease as exercise intensity increases if the exercise is to be repeated without a decline in performance.’
    • ‘The duty cycle is variably selectable with either first or second pulse width modulated frequency.’
    • ‘It's a medium hard brake circuit so we've been able to do a brake duty cycle and things like that.’
    • ‘A lower duty cycle will in turn decrease the average power output per unit time for intermittent exercise.’
    • ‘The only accurate way to get results is to monitor the vehicle as goes through its normal duty cycle under real-world conditions.’
    • ‘In patients with chronic heart failure, exercise increases the duty cycle (by decreasing expiratory time) and decreases lung compliance.’
    • ‘The duty cycle was similar in all three patient groups.’
    • ‘A phase discriminator samples the output of the oscillator and accumulates data representing the duty cycle of that signal.’
    • ‘The magnitude of the reference voltage will regulate the pulse width of the output signal, as well as the duty cycle of the output signal.’
    • ‘As you can see from this method, the greater the duty cycle of the square wave, the longer the CPU is inactive; hence the greater the power savings.’
    • ‘One, the duty cycle is decreased in patients with asthma, which tends to decrease the tension-time index.’
    • ‘Maybe they've had a repeat failure with a component or an unusual duty cycle.’
    • ‘Maximum duty cycle is 65,000 pages per month and finishing options including sorter, stapler, feeder and duplex modes are available.’
    • ‘It will do a duty cycle of 35,000 pages a month and warms up in under three minutes.’
    • ‘I just never thought we'd have anything that would be big enough that called for a heavy duty cycle.’
    • ‘Like all the other printers, they differ in their duty cycle.’
    • ‘Most of today's major tape formats have a mean time between failures rated at over 300,000 hours at a full duty cycle, while most media cartridges have an estimated lifespan of over 30 years.’
    • ‘Finally, as this satellite system is designed for packet data, it is very well suited for millions of endpoint devices operating with low duty cycles.’
    1. 1.1The time occupied by the cycle of operation of a machine or other device, especially as a percentage of available time.