Definition of time out in English:

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time out

Pronunciation: /ˌtīm ˈout/


1Time for rest or recreation away from one’s usual work or studies: she is taking time out from her hectic tour
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  • It is during this period of time out of the workforce that the debt would grow.
  • His time out last year while serving a drugs ban may have also provided a mental break.
  • So, we at the Listener are inviting you take time out for some creative leisure.
1.1 (usually timeout or time-out) A brief break in play in a game or sport: he inadvertently called for a timeout with two seconds remaining
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  • You are only allowed 3 or 4 timeouts per game, depending upon your league or tournament rules.
  • Fast forward to the first timeout during a game when Starks yells at someone for taking an ill-advised shot.
  • The Vikings appeared generally unprepared in the first quarter, blowing two timeouts in the game's first four minutes.
pause, break, rest;
stoppage, intermission, recess
1.2 (also timeout or time-out) An imposed temporary suspension of activities, especially the separation of a misbehaving child from one or more playmates as a disciplinary measure: it’s the third time this week he’s been in time-out
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  • He had been behaving since we got here, but had already been in time out once today.
2 (usually timeout) Computing A cancellation or cessation that automatically occurs when a predefined interval of time has passed without a certain event occurring.
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  • Logged-in sessions have an automatic timeout as well.
  • Message input-output implementations will typically have timeouts that are too short for some business activity responses.
  • After these problems are fixed and more load is applied in a test, we then encounter problems like resource exhaustion, buffer overflows, timeouts and inconsistent behaviour.

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