- time [tīm]n.[ME < OE tima, prob. < IE * dī-men < base * dā(i)-, to part, divide up > TIDE1]I duration; continuance1. indefinite, unlimited duration in which things are considered as happening in the past, present, or future; every moment there has ever been or ever will bea) the entire period of existence of the known universe; finite duration, as distinguished from infinityb) the entire period of existence of the world or of humanity; earthly duration, as distinguished from eternityc) [T-] FATHER TIME2. a system of measuring duration [solar time, standard time]II a period or interval1. the period between two events or during which something exists, happens, or acts; measured or measurable interval2. [often pl.] any period in the history of man or of the universe, often specif. with reference to a characteristic social structure, set of customs, famous person living then, etc. [prehistoric times, medieval times, geologic time, Lincoln's time]a) a period characterized by a prevailing condition or specific experience [a time of peace, have a good time]b) [usually pl.] the prevailing conditions of a particular period [the times were difficult]3. a period of duration set or thought of as set; specif.,a) a period of existence; lifetime [his time is almost over]b) a term of apprenticeshipc) a term of imprisonmentd) a term of military service☆ e) Obs. a period of indenture4. a period or periods necessary, sufficient, or available for something [no time for play]5. the specific, usual, or allotted period during which something is done [the runner's time was 1.47 minutes; baking time, 20 minutes]a) the period regularly worked or to be worked by an employeeb) the hourly rate of pay for the regular working hours6. rate of speed in marching, driving, working, etc. [quick time, double time]7. Drama one of the three unities: see the phrase THE (THREE) UNITIES at UNITY8. Musica) the grouping of rhythmic beats into measures of equal lengthb) the characteristic rhythm of a piece of music in terms of this grouping, indicated by the time signaturec) the rate of speed at which a composition or passage is played; tempod) loosely the rhythm and tempo characteristic of a kind of composition [waltz time, march time]e) the duration of a note or rest9. Prosody a unit of quantitative meter; esp., a mora, or short syllable☆ 10. Sports TIMEOUTIII a point in duration; moment; instant; occasion1. a precise instant, second, minute, hour, day, week, month, or year, determined by clock or calendar2. the point at which something has happened, is happening, or will happen; occasion [game time is two o'clock]3. the usual, natural, traditional, or appointed moment for something to happen, begin, or end [time to get up ]; specif.,a) the moment of death [his time is close at hand]b) the end of a period of pregnancy; moment of giving birth [her time had come ]☆ c) one's turn at something [a time at bat]4. the suitable, proper, favorable, or convenient moment [now is the time to act]5. any one of a series of moments at which the same or nearly the same thing recurs; repeated occasion [told for the fifth time, time and time again]interj.Sports used to signify that a period of play or activity has ended or that play is temporarily suspendedvt.timed, timing1. to arrange or set the time of so as to be acceptable, suitable, opportune, etc. [to time an invasion]2. to adjust, set, play, etc. so as to coincide in time with something else [to time one's watch with another's]3. to regulate (a mechanism) for a given speed or length of operation4. to set the duration of (a syllable or musical note) as a unit of rhythm5. to calculate or record the pace, speed, finishing time, etc. of; clock [to time a runner]vi.Rare to move in time; keep timeadj.1. having to do with time2. set or regulated so as to explode, open, etc. at a given time [a time bomb]3. payable later or on a specified future date [a time loan ]☆ 4. designating or of any of a series of payments made or to be made over a period of time [a time payment]——————abreast of the times1. up-to-date, as in ideas, fashions, etc.; modern2. informed about current matters——————against timein an effort to finish in a given time——————☆ ahead of timesooner than due; early——————at one time1. simultaneously2. formerly——————at the same time1. simultaneously; in the same period2. nonetheless; however——————at timesoccasionally; sometimes——————behind the timesout-of-date; old-fashioned——————behind timelate——————between timesat intervals, as between other events or actions——————do timeInformal to serve a prison term——————for the time beingfor the present; temporarily——————from time to timeat intervals; now and then——————gain time1. to go too fast: said of a timepiece2. to prolong a situation until a desired occurrence can take place——————in good time1. at the proper time2. in a creditably short time; quickly——————in no timealmost instantly; very quickly——————in time1. in the course of time; eventually2. before it is too late3. keeping the set rhythm, tempo, pace, etc.——————lose time1. to go too slow: said of a timepiece2. to let time go by without advancing one's objective——————make time1. to compensate for lost time by going faster: said as of a train☆ 2. to travel, work, etc. at a specified, especially fast, rate of speed [we made (good) time between Boston and Albany]——————☆ make time withSlang to succeed in attracting or having an affair with (a person)——————many a timeoften; frequently——————☆ on one's own timeduring time for which one is not paid; during other than working hours——————on time☆ 1. at the appointed time; punctual or punctually☆ 2. to be paid for in installments over a period of time——————out of time1. not at the usual time; unseasonable2. not keeping the set rhythm, tempo, pace, etc.——————pass the time of dayto exchange a few words of greeting, etc.——————time after timeagain and again; continually: also time and again——————time of lifeage (of a person)——————☆ time of one's lifeInformal an experience of great pleasure for one——————time on one's handsan interval with nothing to do——————time out of mindTIME IMMEMORIAL (sense 1)——————time wasthere was a time
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.