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

  • n. A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.
  • n. An interval separating two points on this continuum; a duration: a long time since the last war; passed the time reading.
  • n. A number, as of years, days, or minutes, representing such an interval: ran the course in a time just under four minutes.
  • n. A similar number representing a specific point on this continuum, reckoned in hours and minutes: checked her watch and recorded the time, 6:17 A.M.
  • n. A system by which such intervals are measured or such numbers are reckoned: solar time.
  • n. An interval, especially a span of years, marked by similar events, conditions, or phenomena; an era. Often used in the plural: hard times; a time of troubles.
  • n. The present with respect to prevailing conditions and trends: You must change with the times.
  • n. A suitable or opportune moment or season: a time for taking stock of one's life.
  • n. Periods or a period designated for a given activity: harvest time; time for bed.
  • n. Periods or a period necessary or available for a given activity: I have no time for golf.
  • n. A period at one's disposal: Do you have time for a chat?
  • n. An appointed or fated moment, especially of death or giving birth: He died before his time. Her time is near.
  • n. One of several instances: knocked three times; addressed Congress for the last time before retirement.
  • n. Used to indicate the number of instances by which something is multiplied or divided: This tree is three times taller than that one. My library is many times smaller than hers.
  • n. One's lifetime.
  • n. One's period of greatest activity or engagement.
  • n. A person's experience during a specific period or on a certain occasion: had a good time at the party.
  • n. A period of military service.
  • n. A period of apprenticeship.
  • n. Informal A prison sentence.
  • n. The customary period of work: hired for full time.
  • n. The period spent working.
  • n. The hourly pay rate: earned double time on Sundays.
  • n. The period during which a radio or television program or commercial is broadcast: "There's television time to buy” ( Brad Goldstein).
  • n. The rate of speed of a measured activity: marching in double time.
  • n. Music The meter of a musical pattern: three-quarter time.
  • n. Music The rate of speed at which a piece of music is played; the tempo.
  • n. Chiefly British The hour at which a pub closes.
  • n. Sports A time-out.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or measuring time.
  • adj. Constructed so as to operate at a particular moment: a time release.
  • adj. Payable on a future date or dates.
  • adj. Of or relating to installment buying: time payments.
  • transitive v. To set the time for (an event or occasion).
  • transitive v. To adjust to keep accurate time.
  • transitive v. To adjust so that a force is applied or an action occurs at the desired time: timed his swing so as to hit the ball squarely.
  • transitive v. To record the speed or duration of: time a runner.
  • transitive v. To set or maintain the tempo, speed, or duration of: time a manufacturing process.
  • idiom against time With a quickly approaching time limit: worked against time to deliver the manuscript before the deadline.
  • idiom at one time Simultaneously.
  • idiom at one time At a period or moment in the past.
  • idiom at the same time However; nonetheless.
  • idiom at times On occasion; sometimes.
  • idiom behind the times Out-of-date; old-fashioned.
  • idiom for the time being Temporarily.
  • idiom from time to time Once in a while; at intervals.
  • idiom high time The appropriate or urgent time: It's high time that you started working.
  • idiom in good time In a reasonable length of time.
  • idiom in good time When or before due.
  • idiom in good time Quickly.
  • idiom in no time Almost instantly; immediately.
  • idiom in time Before a time limit expires.
  • idiom in time Within an indefinite time; eventually: In time they came to accept the harsh facts.
  • idiom in time In the proper tempo.
  • idiom in time Played with a meter.
  • idiom on time According to schedule; punctual or punctually.
  • idiom on time By paying in installments.
  • idiom time after time Again and again; repeatedly.
  • idiom time and again Again and again; repeatedly.
  • idiom time of (one's) life A highly pleasurable experience: We had the time of our lives at the beach.
  • idiom time on (one's) hands An interval with nothing to do.
  • idiom time was There was once a time: "Time was when [urban gangs] were part of a . . . subculture that inner-city adolescence outgrew” ( George F. Will).

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  • interj. reminder by the umpire for the players to continue playing after their pause
  • n. The inevitable progression into the future with the passing of present events into the past.
  • n. A quantity of availability of duration.
  • n. A measurement of a quantity of time; a numerical or general indication of a length of progression.
  • n. The serving of a prison sentence.
  • n. How much of a day has passed; the moment, as indicated by a clock or similar device.
  • n. A particular moment or hour; the appropriate moment or hour for something (especially with prepositional phrase or imperfect subjunctive).
  • n. The measurement under some system of region of day or moment.
  • n. A numerical indication of a particular moment.
  • n. An instance or occurrence.
  • n. Ratio of comparison.
  • n. An experience.
  • n. An era; (with the, sometimes in plural) the current era, the current state of affairs.
  • n. A person's youth or young adulthood, as opposed to the present day.
  • n. Time out; temporary, limited suspension of play.
  • n. Closing time.
  • v. To measure seconds, hours etc passed, especially using a clock of some kind.
  • v. To choose when something begins or how long it lasts.
  • v. To keep or beat time; to proceed or move in time.
  • v. To pass time; to delay.


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

Middle English, from Old English tīma.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English time, tyme, from Old English tīma ("time, period, space of time, season, lifetime, fixed time, favorable time, opportunity"), from Proto-Germanic *tīmô (“time”), from Proto-Indo-European *dī- (“time”). Cognate with Scots tym, tyme ("time"), Alemannic German Zimen, Zīmmän ("time, time of the year, opportune time, opportunity"), Danish time ("stound, hour, lesson"), Swedish timme ("stound, hour"), Norwegian time ("time, stound, hour"), Faroese tími ("hour, lesson, time"), Icelandic tími ("time, season"). See also tide.



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    November 7, 2010

  • "We watch our loved ones age and die, and we assume that an external entity called time is responsible for the crime. But experiments increasingly cast doubt on the existence of time as we know it. In fact, the reality of time has long been questioned by philosophers and physicists. When we speak of time, we're usually referring to change. But change isn't the same thing as time."

    --The Huffington Post, Is Death the End? Experiments Suggest You Create Time, by Robert Lanza, M.D., November 4, 2010.

    November 6, 2010

  • Ha!

    September 8, 2010

  • miao.

    September 8, 2010

  • I like this definition: "A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future."

    February 13, 2010

  • “You don’t get past it, it just becomes part of who you are.”

    —Echo/Rebecca in Dollhouse season 2 episode 8

    December 13, 2009

  • I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. 1913 SHAKS.: Richard II., Act v., Sc. 5.

    February 27, 2008

  • Emit in reverse.

    July 22, 2007