Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A watch that can be instantly started and stopped by pushing a button and used to measure an exact duration of time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A timepiece designed to measure the amount of time elapsed from a particular time when activated and when the piece is deactivated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a timepiece that can be started or stopped for exact timing (as of a race)

Etymologies

stop +‎ watch (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the scoreboard or stopwatch is supposed to be reliable.

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  • The Segway's mileage and maintenance is tracked by a small key, similar in appearance to a stopwatch, which is also needed to start the Segway.

    Stories from The Sun

  • A stopwatch was the first, but a more accurate solution was a bicycle wheel, which was mounted to the car's rear.

    Auto Express: News

  • The time it takes to start or stop a stopwatch is the same amount of time it would take for someone driving under the influence to lose control of their vehicle, about seven tenths of a second.

    News/local from www.dailyamerican.com

  • They asked for a stopwatch, which is required at all college basketball games.

    IndyStar.com Top Stories

  • He said that this was the only war in our history that utilized this policy of "stopwatch" deployment, which he termed "backwards."

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  • Windows: I've found BitMeter 2, an older version of which we'd previously covered, as a really handy kind of stopwatch for bandwidth monitoring.

    Lifehacker

  • Once the ball is snapped, you can slow down the pace of the game with the "stopwatch" button to activate Action Time Control and slow down game time in order to either view all of your receivers to make a perfect pass or make sure your run isn't ruined by any pesky defenders down field.

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  • Article: No peace talks with 'stopwatch': Israeli minister

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Currently, broadcasters tend to use a "stopwatch" principle so both sides get equal airtime, even if the level of opposition is "tiny, is wholly artificial and false", the report said.

    Independent.ie - Frontpage RSS Feed

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