time
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tīma; akin to Old Norse tīmi time, Old English tīd — more at tide Date: before 12th century 1. a. the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues ; duration b. a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future c. leisure <
time for reading
>
2. the point or period when something occurs ; occasion 3. a. an appointed, fixed, or customary moment or hour for something to happen, begin, or end <
arrived ahead of time
>
b. an opportune or suitable moment <
decided it was time to retire
>
— often used in the phrase about time <
about time for a change
>
4. a. a historical period ; age b. a division of geologic chronology c. conditions at present or at some specified period — usually used in plural <
times are hard
>
<
move with the times
>
d. the present time <
issues of the time
>
5. a. lifetime b. a period of apprenticeship c. a term of military service d. a prison sentence 6. season <
very hot for this time of year
>
7. a. rate of speed ; tempo b. the grouping of the beats of music ; rhythm 8. a. a moment, hour, day, or year as indicated by a clock or calendar <
what time is it
>
b. any of various systems (as sidereal or solar) of reckoning time 9. a. one of a series of recurring instances or repeated actions <
you've been told many times
>
b. plural (1) added or accumulated quantities or instances <
five times greater
>
(2) equal fractional parts of which an indicated number equal a comparatively greater quantity <
seven times smaller
>
<
three times closer
>
c. turn <
three times at bat
>
10. finite as contrasted with infinite duration 11. a person's experience during a specified period or on a particular occasion <
a good time
>
<
a hard time
>
12. a. the hours or days required to be occupied by one's work <
make up time
>
<
on company time
>
b. an hourly pay rate <
straight time
>
c. wages paid at discharge or resignation <
pick up your time and get out
>
13. a. the playing time of a game b. time-out 1 14. a period during which something is used or available for use <
computer time
>
II. verb (timed; timing) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to arrange or set the time of ; schedule b. to regulate (a watch) to keep correct time 2. to set the tempo, speed, or duration of <
timed his leap perfectly — Neil Amdur
>
3. to cause to keep time with something 4. to determine or record the time, duration, or rate of <
time a horse
>
5. to dispose (as a mechanical part) so that an action occurs at a desired instant or in a desired way intransitive verb to keep or beat time III. adjective Date: circa 1711 1. a. of or relating to time b. recording time 2. timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment <
a time charge
>
3. a. payable on a specified future day or a certain length of time after presentation for acceptance <
a time draft
>
<
time deposits
>
b. based on installment payments <
a time sale
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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