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From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      Processor logic cycles, so called because each generally corresponds to one
      clock pulse in the processor's timing. The relative execution times of
      instructions on a machine are usually discussed in clocks rather than
      absolute fractions of a second; one good reason for this is that clock
      speeds for various models of the machine may increase as technology
      improves, and it is usually the relative times one is interested in when
      discussing the instruction set. Compare cycle, jiffy.

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