Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tīma; akin to Old Norse tīmi time, Old English tīd — more at tide
Date: before 12th century
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.