time Meaning - 86 Definitions and 52 Examples Available!

What is the meaning of time? Here 86 definitions and 52 example sentences available for the word time.

Meaning of time
(uncountable) The inevitable progression into the future with the passing of present events into the past.

Definitions of time

noun

1. (uncountable) The inevitable progression into the future with the passing of present events into the past.
Time stops for nobody. 
the ebb and flow of time
(physics, usually) A dimension of spacetime with the opposite metric signature to space dimensions; the fourth dimension.
Both science-fiction writers and physicists have written about travel through time.
(physics, uncountable) Change associated with the second law of thermodynamics; the physical and psychological result of increasing entropy.
Time slows down when you approach the speed of light.
(physics, uncountable) The property of a system which allows it to have more than one distinct configurations.
An essential definition of time should entail neither speed nor direction, just change.
2. A duration of time.
(uncountable) A quantity of availability of duration.
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!
(countable) A measurement of a quantity of time; a numerical or general indication of a length of progression.
a long 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 O(n2) time.
(uncountable, slang) 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.
(countable) An experience.
We had a wonderful time at the party.
(countable) An era; (with the, sometimes in plural) the current era, the current state of affairs.
Roman times
the time of the dinosaurs
(uncountable, with possessive) A person's youth or young adulthood, as opposed to the present day.
In my time, we respected our elders.
(only in singular, sports) Time out; temporary, limited suspension of play.
3. An instant of time.
(uncountable) How much of a day has passed; the moment, 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.
(countable) A particular moment or hour; the appropriate moment or hour for something (especially 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
(countable) A numerical indication of a particular moment.
at what times do the trains arrive?
these times were erroneously converted between zones
(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!
(UK, of pubs) Closing time.
Last call: it's almost time.
The hour of childbirth.
4. (countable) The measurement under some system of region of day or moment.
Let's synchronize our watches so we're not on different time.
5. (countable) Ratio of comparison.
your car runs three times faster than mine
that is four times as heavy as this
6. (grammar, dated) Tense.
the time of a verb
7. (music) The measured duration of sounds; measure; tempo; rate of movement; rhythmical division.
common or triple time;   the musician keeps good time.
8. the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
9. rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration
10. a person's experience on a particular occasion
I had a hard time holding back tears.
11. an instance or single occasion for some event
This time they succeeded.
12. an indefinite period, usually marked by specific attributes or activities
I waited a long time in the doctor's office.
13. a reading of a point in time as given by a clock
do you know what time it is?
14. the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event
do you know what time it is?
15. the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned
do you know what time it is?
16. a suitable moment
it is time to go
17. a period of time considered as a resource under your control and sufficient to accomplish something
take time to smell the roses
18. an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities)
the time of year for planting
he was a great actor in his time
19. Duration, considered independently of any system of measurement or any employment of terms which designate limited portions thereof.
20. A particular period or part of duration, whether past, present, or future; a point or portion of duration; as, the time was, or has been; the time is, or will be.
21. The period at which any definite event occurred, or person lived; age; period; era; as, the Spanish Armada was destroyed in the time of Queen Elizabeth; -- often in the plural; as, ancient times; modern times.
22. The duration of one's life; the hours and days which a person has at his disposal.
23. A proper time; a season; an opportunity.
24. Hour of travail, delivery, or parturition.
25. Performance or occurrence of an action or event, considered with reference to repetition; addition of a number to itself; repetition; as, to double cloth four times; four times four, or sixteen.
26. The present life; existence in this world as contrasted with immortal life; definite, as contrasted with infinite, duration.
27. Tense.
28. The measured duration of sounds; measure; tempo; rate of movement; rhythmical division; as, common or triple time; the musician keeps good time.

verb

1. To measure or record the time, duration, or rate of.
I used a stopwatch to time myself running around the block.
2. To choose when something begins or how long it lasts.
The President timed his speech badly, coinciding with the Super Bowl.
The bomb was timed to explode at 9:20 p.m.
3. (obsolete) To keep or beat time; to proceed or move in time.
4. (obsolete) To pass time; to delay.
5. To regulate as to time; to accompany, or agree with, in time of movement.
6. To measure, as in music or harmony.
7. adjust so that a force is applied and an action occurs at the desired time
The good player times their swing so as to hit the ball squarely.
8. regulate or set the time of
time the clock
9. measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time
time the clock
10. assign a time for an activity or event
The candidate carefully timed their appearance at the disaster scene.
11. set the speed, duration, or execution of
we time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely
12. To appoint the time for; to bring, begin, or perform at the proper season or time; as, he timed his appearance rightly.
13. To regulate as to time; to accompany, or agree with, in time of movement.
14. To ascertain or record the time, duration, or rate of; as, to time the speed of horses, or hours for workmen.
15. To measure, as in music or harmony.
16. To keep or beat time; to proceed or move in time.
17. To pass time; to delay.
In my time, we respected our elders.
(only in singular, sports) Time out; temporary, limited suspension of play.
3. An instant of time.
(uncountable) How much of a day has passed; the moment, 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.
(countable) A particular moment or hour; the appropriate moment or hour for something (especially 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
(countable) A numerical indication of a particular moment.
at what times do the trains arrive?
these times were erroneously converted between zones
(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!
(UK, of pubs) Closing time.
Last call: it's almost time.
The hour of childbirth.
4. (countable) The measurement under some system of region of day or moment.
Let's synchronize our watches so we're not on different time.
5. (countable) Ratio of comparison.
your car runs three times faster than mine
that is four times as heavy as this
6. (grammar, dated) Tense.
the time of a verb
7. (music) The measured duration of sounds; measure; tempo; rate of movement; rhythmical division.
common or triple time;   the musician keeps good time.
8. the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
9. rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration
10. a person's experience on a particular occasion
I had a hard time holding back tears.
11. an instance or single occasion for some event
This time they succeeded.
12. an indefinite period, usually marked by specific attributes or activities
I waited a long time in the doctor's office.
13. a reading of a point in time as given by a clock
do you know what time it is?
14. the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event
do you know what time it is?
15. the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned
do you know what time it is?
16. a suitable moment
it is time to go
17. a period of time considered as a resource under your control and sufficient to accomplish something
take time to smell the roses
18. an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities)
the time of year for planting
he was a great actor in his time
19. Duration, considered independently of any system of measurement or any employment of terms which designate limited portions thereof.
20. A particular period or part of duration, whether past, present, or future; a point or portion of duration; as, the time was, or has been; the time is, or will be.
21. The period at which any definite event occurred, or person lived; age; period; era; as, the Spanish Armada was destroyed in the time of Queen Elizabeth; -- often in the plural; as, ancient times; modern times.
22. The duration of one's life; the hours and days which a person has at his disposal.
23. A proper time; a season; an opportunity.
24. Hour of travail, delivery, or parturition.
25. Performance or occurrence of an action or event, considered with reference to repetition; addition of a number to itself; repetition; as, to double cloth four times; four times four, or sixteen.
26. The present life; existence in this world as contrasted with immortal life; definite, as contrasted with infinite, duration.
27. Tense.
28. The measured duration of sounds; measure; tempo; rate of movement; rhythmical division; as, common or triple time; the musician keeps good time.

interjection

1. (tennis) Reminder by the umpire for the players to continue playing after their pause.
I used a stopwatch to time myself running around the block.
2. To choose when something begins or how long it lasts.
The President timed his speech badly, coinciding with the Super Bowl.
The bomb was timed to explode at 9:20 p.m.
3. (obsolete) To keep or beat time; to proceed or move in time.
4. (obsolete) To pass time; to delay.
5. To regulate as to time; to accompany, or agree with, in time of movement.
6. To measure, as in music or harmony.
7. adjust so that a force is applied and an action occurs at the desired time
The good player times their swing so as to hit the ball squarely.
8. regulate or set the time of
time the clock
9. measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time
time the clock
10. assign a time for an activity or event
The candidate carefully timed their appearance at the disaster scene.
11. set the speed, duration, or execution of
we time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely
12. To appoint the time for; to bring, begin, or perform at the proper season or time; as, he timed his appearance rightly.
13. To regulate as to time; to accompany, or agree with, in time of movement.
14. To ascertain or record the time, duration, or rate of; as, to time the speed of horses, or hours for workmen.
15. To measure, as in music or harmony.
16. To keep or beat time; to proceed or move in time.
17. To pass time; to delay.
In my time, we respected our elders.
(only in singular, sports) Time out; temporary, limited suspension of play.
3. An instant of time.
(uncountable) How much of a day has passed; the moment, 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.
(countable) A particular moment or hour; the appropriate moment or hour for something (especially 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
(countable) A numerical indication of a particular moment.
at what times do the trains arrive?
these times were erroneously converted between zones
(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!
(UK, of pubs) Closing time.
Last call: it's almost time.
The hour of childbirth.
4. (countable) The measurement under some system of region of day or moment.
Let's synchronize our watches so we're not on different time.
5. (countable) Ratio of comparison.
your car runs three times faster than mine
that is four times as heavy as this
6. (grammar, dated) Tense.
the time of a verb
7. (music) The measured duration of sounds; measure; tempo; rate of movement; rhythmical division.
common or triple time;   the musician keeps good time.
8. the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
9. rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration
10. a person's experience on a particular occasion
I had a hard time holding back tears.
11. an instance or single occasion for some event
This time they succeeded.
12. an indefinite period, usually marked by specific attributes or activities
I waited a long time in the doctor's office.
13. a reading of a point in time as given by a clock
do you know what time it is?
14. the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event
do you know what time it is?
15. the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned
do you know what time it is?
16. a suitable moment
it is time to go
17. a period of time considered as a resource under your control and sufficient to accomplish something
take time to smell the roses
18. an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities)
the time of year for planting
he was a great actor in his time
19. Duration, considered independently of any system of measurement or any employment of terms which designate limited portions thereof.
20. A particular period or part of duration, whether past, present, or future; a point or portion of duration; as, the time was, or has been; the time is, or will be.
21. The period at which any definite event occurred, or person lived; age; period; era; as, the Spanish Armada was destroyed in the time of Queen Elizabeth; -- often in the plural; as, ancient times; modern times.
22. The duration of one's life; the hours and days which a person has at his disposal.
23. A proper time; a season; an opportunity.
24. Hour of travail, delivery, or parturition.
25. Performance or occurrence of an action or event, considered with reference to repetition; addition of a number to itself; repetition; as, to double cloth four times; four times four, or sixteen.
26. The present life; existence in this world as contrasted with immortal life; definite, as contrasted with infinite, duration.
27. Tense.
28. The measured duration of sounds; measure; tempo; rate of movement; rhythmical division; as, common or triple time; the musician keeps good time.

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