Meaning of TIME in English

I. ˈtīm noun

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


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


a. : a historical period : age

b. : a division of geologic chronology

c. : conditions at present or at some specified period — usually used in plural

time s are hard

move with the time s

d. : the present time

issues of the time


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


a. : rate of speed : tempo

b. : the grouping of the beats of music : rhythm


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


a. : one of a series of recurring instances or repeated actions

you've been told many time s

b. plural

(1) : added or accumulated quantities or instances

five time s greater

(2) : equal fractional parts of which an indicated number equal a comparatively greater quantity

seven time s smaller

three time s closer

c. : turn

three time s 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


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


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

- at the same time

- at times

- for the time being

- from time to time

- in no time

- in time

- on time

- time and again

II. verb

( timed ; tim·ing )

Date: 14th century

transitive verb


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


a. : of or relating to time

b. : recording time

2. : timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment

a time charge


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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.