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time British & World English

The indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole

time English Thesaurus

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time New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

capital when personified; time of day in numerals with full point (colon in US) where time contains minutes or hours, as 9.35, 09.35, but spelled out in phrases such as ‘half past ten’

punch the clock British & World English

(Of an employee) clock in or out

Time in time British & World English

The personification of time, typically as an old man with a scythe and hourglass

me time British & World English

Time spent relaxing on one’s own as opposed to working or doing things for others, seen as an opportunity to reduce stress or restore energy

in time British & World English

Not late; punctual

no time British & World English

A very short interval or period

on time British & World English

Punctual; punctually

any time British & World English

At whatever time

bath time British & World English

The usual time at which a baby or child is washed in a bath

beat time British & World English

Indicate or follow a musical tempo with a baton or other means

big time British & World English

The highest or most successful level in a career, especially in entertainment

buy time British & World English

Delay an event temporarily so as to have longer to improve one’s own position

core time British & World English

The central part of the working day in a flexitime system, when an employee must be present

dead time British & World English

Time in which someone or something is inactive or unable to act productively

deep time British & World English

The multimillion year time frame within which scientists believe the earth has existed, and which is supported by the observation of natural, mostly geological, phenomena

face time British & World English

Time spent in face-to-face contact with someone

full-time British & World English

Occupying or using the whole of someone’s available working time

gain time British & World English

Obtain extra time to achieve something by deliberate delaying tactics

good-time British & World English

(Of a person) having the pursuit of pleasure as one’s chief aim

half-time British & World English

The time at which half of a game or contest is completed, especially when marked by an interval

hang time British & World English

The number of seconds during which a punted ball is in the air

lead time British & World English

The time between the initiation and completion of a production process

long-time British & World English

(Especially of a person) having had a specified role or identity for a long time

make time British & World English

Find an occasion when time is available to do something

mark time British & World English

(Of troops) march on the spot without moving forward

mean time British & World English

Another term for mean solar time.

old-time British & World English

Relating to or characteristic of the past; long-standing

part-time British & World English

For only part of the usual working day or week

post time British & World English

The time at which a race is scheduled to start and entrants must be at their starting positions

real time British & World English

The actual time during which a process or event occurs

rise time British & World English

The time required for a pulse to rise from 10 per cent to 90 per cent of its steady value

seed time British & World English

The sowing season

seek time British & World English

The time taken for a disk drive to locate the area on the disk where the data to be read is stored

show time British & World English

The time at which a play, film, or concert is scheduled to begin

stop time British & World English

(In jazz) a rhythmic device whereby a chord or accent is played only on the first beat of every bar or every other bar, typically accompanying a solo

talk time British & World English

The time during which a mobile telephone is in use to handle calls, especially as a measure of the duration of the telephone’s battery

term time British & World English

The part of the year during which instruction is being given in schools, colleges, or universities

keep time British & World English

Play or rhythmically accompany music in time

time was British & World English

There was a time when

time ball British & World English

A timepiece consisting of a sphere which at a certain moment each day is allowed to fall down a vertical rod

time base British & World English

A signal for uniformly and repeatedly deflecting the electron beam of a cathode ray tube

time bomb British & World English

A bomb designed to explode at a preset time

time code British & World English

A coded signal on videotape or film giving information about such things as frame number, time of recording, or exposure

time fuse British & World English

A fuse calculated to burn for or explode a bomb, shell, or explosive charge at a specified time


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