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Definition of "time" [time]

  • A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future. (noun)
  • An interval separating two points on this continuum; a duration: a long time since the last war; passed the time reading. (noun)
  • A number, as of years, days, or minutes, representing such an interval: ran the course in a time just under four minutes. (noun)
  • A similar number representing a specific point on this continuum, reckoned in hours and minutes: checked her watch and recorded the time, 6:17 A.M. (noun)
  • A system by which such intervals are measured or such numbers are reckoned: solar time. (noun)
  • The continuous passage of existence in which events pass from a state of potentiality in the future, through the present, to a state of finality in the past (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A quantity measuring duration, usually with reference to a periodic process such as the rotation of the earth or the vibration of electromagnetic radiation emitted from certain atoms. In classical mechanics, time is absolute in the sense that the time of an event is independent of the observer. According to the theory of relativity it depends on the observer's frame of reference. Time is considered as a fourth coordinate required, along with three spatial coordinates, to specify an event (noun)
  • A specific point on this continuum expressed in terms of hours and minutes (noun)
  • A system of reckoning for expressing time (noun)
  • A definite and measurable portion of this continuum (noun)
  • An accepted period such as a day, season, etc (noun)
  • (in combination) (noun)
  • An unspecified interval; a while (noun)
  • A period or point marked by specific attributes or events (noun)
  • A sufficient interval or period (noun)
  • An instance or occasion (noun)
  • An occasion or period of specified quality (noun)
  • The duration of human existence (noun)
  • The heyday of human life (noun)
  • A suitable period or moment (noun)
  • The expected interval in which something is done (noun)
  • A particularly important moment, esp childbirth or death (noun)
  • Indicating a degree or amount calculated by multiplication with the number specified (noun)
  • The fashions, thought, etc, of the present age (esp in the phrases ahead of one's time, behind the times) (noun)
  • A term in jail (esp in the phrase do time) (noun)
  • A customary or full period of work (noun)
  • The rate of pay for this period (noun)
  • The system of combining beats or pulses in music into successive groupings by which the rhythm of the music is established (noun)
  • A specific system having a specific number of beats in each grouping or bar (noun)
  • A unit of duration used in the measurement of poetic metre; mora (noun)
  • Operating automatically at or for a set time, for security or convenience (noun)
  • To ascertain or calculate the duration or speed of (verb)
  • To set a time for (verb)
  • To adjust to keep accurate time (verb)
  • To pick a suitable time for (verb)
  • To control the execution or speed of (an action, esp a shot or stroke) so that it has its full effect at the right moment (verb)
  • The word called out by a publican signalling that it is closing time (exclamation)

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Use "time" in a sentence
  • "I. i.162 (366,9) And what's to come of my despised time] [W: despited] _Despised time_, is _time of no value_; time in which"
  • "A short time later, Grassley sent, "Pres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said \'time to delivr on healthcare\ 'When you are a \'hammer\' u think evrything is NAIL I\'m no NAIL."'"
  • "The next time it checks it will wait for _slightly less time_ before it checks again."