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time  (tm)
a. A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.
b. An interval separating two points on this continuum; a duration: a long time since the last war; passed the time reading.
c. A number, as of years, days, or minutes, representing such an interval: ran the course in a time just under four minutes.
d. 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.
e. A system by which such intervals are measured or such numbers are reckoned: solar time.
a. An interval, especially a span of years, marked by similar events, conditions, or phenomena; an era. Often used in the plural: hard times; a time of troubles.
b. times The present with respect to prevailing conditions and trends: You must change with the times.
3. A suitable or opportune moment or season: a time for taking stock of ones life.
a. Periods or a period designated for a given activity: harvest time; time for bed.
b. Periods or a period necessary or available for a given activity: I have no time for golf.
c. A period at ones disposal: Do you have time for a chat?
5. An appointed or fated moment, especially of death or giving birth: He died before his time. Her time is near.
a. One of several instances: knocked three times; addressed Congress for the last time before retirement.
b. times Used to indicate the number of instances by which something is multiplied or divided: This tree is three times taller than that one. My library is many times smaller than hers.
a. Ones lifetime.
b. Ones period of greatest activity or engagement.
c. A persons experience during a specific period or on a certain occasion: had a good time at the party.
a. A period of military service.
b. A period of apprenticeship.
c. Informal A prison sentence.
a. The customary period of work: hired for full time.
b. The period spent working.
c. The hourly pay rate: earned double time on Sundays.
10. The period during which a radio or television program or commercial is broadcast: Theres television time to buy (Brad Goldstein).
11. The rate of speed of a measured activity: marching in double time.
12. Music
a. The meter of a musical pattern: three-quarter time.
b. The rate of speed at which a piece of music is played; the tempo.
13. Chiefly British The hour at which a pub closes.
14. Sports A time-out.
1. Of, relating to, or measuring time.
2. Constructed so as to operate at a particular moment: a time release.
3. Payable on a future date or dates.
4. Of or relating to installment buying: time payments.
tr.v. timed, tim·ing, times
1. To set the time for (an event or occasion).
2. To adjust to keep accurate time.
3. To adjust so that a force is applied or an action occurs at the desired time: timed his swing so as to hit the ball squarely.
4. To record the speed or duration of: time a runner.
5. To set or maintain the tempo, speed, or duration of: time a manufacturing process.
against time
With a quickly approaching time limit: worked against time to deliver the manuscript before the deadline.
at one time
1. Simultaneously.
2. At a period or moment in the past.
at the same time
However; nonetheless.
at times
On occasion; sometimes.
behind the times
Out-of-date; old-fashioned.
for the time being
from time to time
Once in a while; at intervals.
high time
The appropriate or urgent time: Its high time that you started working.
in good time
1. In a reasonable length of time.
2. When or before due.
3. Quickly.
in no time
Almost instantly; immediately.
in time
1. Before a time limit expires.
2. Within an indefinite time; eventually: In time they came to accept the harsh facts.
3. Music
a. In the proper tempo.
b. Played with a meter.
on time
1. According to schedule; punctual or punctually.
2. By paying in installments.
time after time
Again and again; repeatedly.
time and again
Again and again; repeatedly.
time of (ones) life
A highly pleasurable experience: We had the time of our lives at the beach.
time on (ones) hands
An interval with nothing to do.
time was
There was once a time: Time was when [urban gangs] were part of a . . . subculture that inner-city adolescence outgrew (George F. Will).

[Middle English, from Old English tma; see d- in Indo-European roots.]

time [taɪm]
a.  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
b.  (as modifier) time travel Related adj temporal
2. (Physics / General Physics) Physics 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 (see caesium clock, second2 (sense 1)). 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 observers frame of reference. Time is considered as a fourth coordinate required, along with three spatial coordinates, to specify an event See space-time continuum
3. a specific point on this continuum expressed in terms of hours and minutes the time is four oclock
4. a system of reckoning for expressing time Greenwich mean time
a.  a definite and measurable portion of this continuum
b.  (as modifier) time limit
a.  an accepted period such as a day, season, etc.
b.  (in combination) springtime
7. an unspecified interval; a while I was there for a time
8. (often plural) a period or point marked by specific attributes or events the Victorian times time for breakfast
9. a sufficient interval or period have you got time to help me?
10. an instance or occasion I called you three times
11. an occasion or period of specified quality have a good time a miserable time
12. the duration of human existence
13. the heyday of human life in her time she was a great star
14. a suitable period or moment its time I told you
15. the expected interval in which something is done the flying time from New York to London was seven hours
16. a particularly important moment, esp childbirth or death her time had come
17. (Mathematics) (plural) indicating a degree or amount calculated by multiplication with the number specified ten times three is thirty he earns four times as much as me
18. (Clothing & Fashion) (often plural) the fashions, thought, etc., of the present age (esp in the phrases ahead of ones time, behind the times)
19. Brit (in bars, pubs, etc.) short for closing time
20. (Law) Informal a term in jail (esp in the phrase do time)
21. (Business / Industrial Relations & HR Terms)
a.  a customary or full period of work
b.  the rate of pay for this period
22. (Music, other) Also (esp US) metre
a.  the system of combining beats or pulses in music into successive groupings by which the rhythm of the music is established
b.  a specific system having a specific number of beats in each grouping or bar duple time
23. (Music, other) Music short for time value
24. (Literature / Poetry) Prosody a unit of duration used in the measurement of poetic metre; mora
against time in an effort to complete something in a limited period
ahead of time before the deadline
all in good time in due course
all the time continuously
at one time
a.  once; formerly
b.  simultaneously
at the same time
a.  simultaneously
b.  nevertheless; however
at times sometimes
(Music / Classical Music)
beat time (of a conductor, etc.) to indicate the tempo or pulse of a piece of music by waving a baton or a hand, tapping out the beats, etc.
before ones time prematurely
for the time being for the moment; temporarily
from time to time at intervals; occasionally
gain time See gain1 [9]
have no time for to have no patience with; not tolerate
in good time
a.  early
b.  quickly
in no time very quickly; almost instantaneously
in ones own time
a.  outside paid working hours
b.  at ones own rate
in time
a.  early or at the appointed time
b.  eventually
c.  (Music, other) Music at a correct metrical or rhythmic pulse
(Music, other)
keep time to observe correctly the accent or rhythmic pulse of a piece of music in relation to tempo
lose time (of a timepiece) to operate too slowly
lose no time to do something without delay
make time
a.  to find an opportunity
b.  (often foll by with) US informal to succeed in seducing
46. See mark [35]
in the nick of time at the last possible moment; at the critical moment
on time
a.  at the expected or scheduled time
b.  (Economics, Accounting & Finance / Banking & Finance) US payable in instalments
pass the time of day to exchange casual greetings (with an acquaintance)
time about Scot alternately; turn and turn about
time and again frequently
(Business / Industrial Relations & HR Terms)
time off a period when one is absent from work for a holiday, through sickness, etc.
(General Sporting Terms)
time on the Austral. equivalent of extra time
time out of mind from time immemorial
time of ones life a memorably enjoyable time
56. (modifier) operating automatically at or for a set time, for security or convenience time lock time switch
vb (tr)
1. to ascertain or calculate the duration or speed of
2. to set a time for
3. to adjust to keep accurate time
4. to pick a suitable time for
5. Sport 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
the word called out by a publican signalling that it is closing time
[Old English tīma; related to Old English tīd time, Old Norse tīmi, Alemannic zīme; see tide1]

time  (tm)
1. A continuous, measurable quantity in which events occur in a sequence proceeding from the past through the present to the future. See Note at space-time.
a. An interval separating two points of this quantity; a duration.
b. A system or reference frame in which such intervals are measured or such quantities are calculated.

time  /tam/  n. 1 [U] the duration of existence, esp. as measured in days, months, years, etc., or by clocks, watches, etc.: There is a saying that time and tide wait for no man. 2 [C, usu. sing.; U] the exact hour, minute, or second in a day: The time is now 8:00 A.M. 3 [U] a duration, period: We have time to have lunch before the meeting. 4 [U] a moment, opportunity: Now is the time to make an offer on the house we want. 5 [C] an experience: We had a good (bad, high, etc.) time at the party. 6 against time: to meet a deadline, often in an emergency: Rescue workers worked against time to free the trapped boy before the water covered his head. 7 ahead of ones time: having a vision, modern 8 ahead of time: early, done before a certain time: She plans events ahead of time and is well organized. 9 all in good time: not to be hurried, slow(ly): The administration will take care of the matter all in good time. 10 all the time: always, often: She goes to the movies all the time. 11 at one time: a. before, a long time ago: At one time, the railroad used to pass through this town, but no longer. b. together, at the same time: He organized his debts all at one time by putting them into one loan. 12 at the same time: a. together: We all left at the same time. b. on the one hand, considered together with: I like this suit; at the same time, it is too warm to wear except in winter. 13 at times: sometimes, (syn.) periodically: At times, she feels discouraged and at other times, optimistic. 14 behind the times: a. outdated, unaware of recent developments: He is behind the times and quite old-fashioned. b. outmoded, (syn.) obsolete: Their machinery is behind the times and inefficient. 15 for the time being: for now, temporarily 16 from time to time: periodically, every so often: He writes to his parents from time to time. 17 in ones own time: not to be hurried: He gets things done slowly in his own time. 18 in no time (flat): quickly, fast: I asked her to do s.t. and she did it in no time flat! 19 in the nick of time: just in time, usu. to avoid harm, trouble, etc.: The firefighters came in the nick of time and saved people from the burning building. 20 in time: a. over a period of time: In time, she will feel less sad about her mothers death. b. on time, at the right time: He arrived in time to get a good seat at the show. 21 just in time: in time to avoid difficulty, harm, etc.: She arrived just in time to catch the bus. 22 one at a time: in order, individually: Please speak one at a time, not all at once. 23 once upon a time: long ago, many years past: Fairy tales often begin, Once upon a time, etc. 24 on ones own time: after working hours: On her own time, she likes to paint and draw. 25 on time: punctual(ly), (syn.) precise(ly): The train left on time. 26 infrml. small-time: unimportant, not big in size, power, prestige, etc.: He is a small-time thief who steals cars. 27 infrml. the big time: the top of any profession or activity: She is a Hollywood star who made it to the big time. 28 time after time: repeatedly, constantly: I told him time after time not to go near the water and now he fell in and almost drowned. 29 time and again: repeatedly, constantly 30 Time heals all wounds: with the passing of time, anger between people goes away: Two nations that were enemies are now friends because time heals all wounds. 31 time off: vacation, time not working: He took time off and went to Mexico for a week. 32 Time out!: (in sports) Stop play!: The basketball referee shouted, Time out! 33 to bide ones time: to wait for an opportunity: Im going to bide my time until those shoes I want go on sale. 34 slang to do time: to serve time in prison: He has done time for burglary. 35 to have the time: a. to know what time it is: Excuse me, do you have the time? Yes, its two oclock. b. to have time to do s.t.: I have time to talk with you now. 36 to have the time of ones life: to enjoy oneself a lot 37 to keep time: a. (in music) to keep the tempo: The conductor keeps time for the orchestra. b. to measure time in sports: Two officials keep time in championship games. 38 infrml.fig. to kill time: to do little while waiting, (syn.) to idle: We killed time by talking and joking, until our airplane took off. 39 to lose time: to be slowed down, get behind schedule: A traffic jam made us lose time on our trip. 40 to make time: to travel fast, on or ahead of schedule: There was no traffic, so we really made time on our drive. 41 to make up time: to work extra because of time taken off from work: She was out with a flat tire for a day, so she made up the time by working on Saturday. 42 to pass the time (of day): to idle, do nothing special: On vacation, we passed the time reading, watching TV, and sleeping. 43 to take time out: a. (in sports) The team took time out to rest. b. to stop what one is doing to do s.t. else: The father took time out to be with his children. 44 to tell time: to read the hands of a clock to know the time: She learned to tell time at the age of five. v. [T] timed, timing, times 1 to measure the amount of time needed to complete s.t.: We timed our trip to Boston; it took three hours. 2 to select the correct time to do s.t.: They timed their visit so they could be with her for the fair. 3 to adjust, regulate machinery: The VCR is timed to record every day at 2:00. time

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