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Etymology

Old English tīma.

Pronunciation

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Noun

Singular
time

Plural
s

time (s)
  1. (uncountable) The inevitable passing of events from past to present then future.
    Time stops for nobody.
    the ebb and flow of time
  2. (uncountable) A quantity of availability in time.
    More time is needed to complete the project.
    You had plenty of time, but you waited until the last minute.
    Are you finished yet? Time’s up!
    Our instructor didn't give us enough time to complete the test.
    The two of us can never find time to see each other any more.
  3. (countable) A measurement of a quantity of time; a numerical or general indication of a length of time.
    Record the individual times for the processes in each batch.
    Only your best time is compared with the other competitors.
    The algorithm runs in <math>O(n^2)</math> time.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The serving of a prison sentence.
    The judge leniently granted a sentence with no hard time.
    He is not living at home because he is doing time.
  5. (uncountable) The time of day; the moment in time, as indicated by a clock or similar device.
    Excuse me, have you got the time?
    What time is it, do you guess? Ten o’clock?
    A computer keeps time using a clock battery.
  6. (countable) A particular moment or hour; the appropriate moment or hour for something (esp. with prepositional phrase or imperfect subjunctive).
    It’s time for bed. It’s time to sleep.
    We must wait for the right time.
    It's time we were going.
  7. (countable) The measurement under some system of the time of day or moment in time.
    Let's synchronize our watches so we're not on different time.
    Coordinated Universal Time avoids the complications of Daylight Saving Time.
  8. (countable) A numerical indication of a particular moment in time.
    At what times do the trains arrive?
    These times were erroneously converted between zones.
  9. (countable) An instance or occurrence.
    When was the last time we went out? I don’t remember.
    See you another time.
    That’s three times he’s made the same mistake.
    Okay, but this is the last time. No more after that!
  10. (countable) An experience.
    We had a wonderful time at the party.
  11. (countable) An era; (with the, sometimes in plural) the current era, the current state of affairs.
    Roman times; the time of the dinosaurs.
    The time is out of joint... (Hamlet)
    O the times, O the customs! (Cicero)
  12. (uncountable) (with possessive) A person's youth or young adulthood, as opposed to the present day.
    In my time, we respected our elders.
  13. (countable) (in plural) A person's experiences or biography.
    The Life and Times of...
  14. (countable) and (uncountable) The means by which the motion of two or more elements of matter are measured relative to one another in space.
    Source: Reality of Time - A Definitive Explanation Copyright (c) 1996 by Robert D. Boyd, 808 Lundy's Lane, Mobile, AL 36606. ISBN 0-9620197-5-5.

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Verb

Infinitive
to time

Third person singular
times

Simple past
timed

Past participle
-

Present participle
timing

to time (third-person singular simple present times, present participle timing, simple past and past participle timed)
  1. To measure time, especially using a clock of some kind.
  2. To choose the time for.
    The President timed his speech badly, coinciding with the Super Bowl.
    The bomb was timed to explode at 9:20 p.m.

Synonyms

  • (to measure time): clock
  • (to choose the time for): set

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Danish

Noun

time

  1. hour
  2. lesson, class

Verb

time

  1. To time.

Esperanto

Etymology

tim- + -e

Adverb

time

  1. fearfully

Norwegian

Noun

time m. (definite singular timen; indefinite plural timer; definite plural timene)

  1. hour
  2. lesson, class

Portuguese

Noun

time m. (plural times)

  1. a team

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