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timing Line breaks: tim¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈtʌɪmɪŋ/

Definition of timing in English:


[mass noun]
1The choice, judgement, or control of when something should be done: one of the secrets of cricket is good timing
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  • While you may be pulling off various crazy tricks, they all require good timing and excellent control.
  • He also has a wonderful sense of timing, and control over both his material and the audience.
  • You might be surprised at the interest level and you would have control of the timing.
1.1 [count noun] A particular point or period of time when something happens: the introduction of new signal timings
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  • l reviewing the signing, lining and signal timings on major roads to improve traffic flow.
  • Signal timings have been adjusted to minimise delays to traffic.
  • There are five schools and one college in the vicinity and there is no much time gap between the opening and closing timings of all.
1.2(In an internal-combustion engine) the times when the valves open and close, and the time of the ignition spark, in relation to the movement of the piston in the cylinder.
Example sentences
  • If the ignition timing is retarded, the engine will not burn the fuel efficiently.
  • He also believes the effect on engines with variable valve timing will be even greater.
  • The cylinder timing was on but a bit slow on a couple of the stops, but it was still on and working.

Words that rhyme with timing

trimming • heartwarming

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