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

  • prep. Multiplied by: Five times two is ten.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of time.
  • n. The circumstances of a certain time.
  • n. A person's experiences or biography.
  • prep. Product of the previous number and the following number.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of time.
  • v. To multiply.

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

  • n. a more or less definite period of time now or previously present
  • n. an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of division; the product of two numbers is computed


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  • The verb 'times' is so common that I suspect it's now the normal word for the thing amongst—what shall we call non-mathematicians?—Loggles. "Multiply it by" only outnumbers "times it by" by 4 to 1 on Google. The inflected forms 'timesing' and 'timesed' are very rare there, but possibly that reflects the contexts it's actually used in: people say, 'Times it by 2' or 'You need to times it by 2', but don't much describe doing it in the past or repeatedly.

    August 29, 2008

  • I had to edit a piece recently which used the following phrase: "the sevens-times table." I kept changing it--the seven times-table, the seven times table, anything, but the writer kept changing it back. I'm not even sure what it should have read, but the way it was written bugs me. Still. And the thing's gone to print. *ugh*

    I realize that's not exactly what we're talking about here...

    October 18, 2007

  • Kad, ask her about subtraction. When I taught K-12, many kids used "minus" in the same way--to find the answer, you minus the first number from the second.

    October 18, 2007

  • aaaaagh!! aaaaaaaaaaaaaagh!!!

    October 18, 2007

  • One of my pet peeves is when someone says 'you times the first number by the second' instead of 'you multiply the the first number by the second.' Much to my chagrin, one of the *graduate students* in a class I'm teaching said this today. I think I have to fail her.

    October 18, 2007