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a. A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.
b. An interval separating two points on this continuum; a duration: a long time since the last war; passed the time reading.
c. A number, as of years, days, or minutes, representing such an interval: ran the course in a time just under four minutes.
d. A similar number representing a specific point on this continuum, reckoned in hours and minutes: checked her watch and recorded the time, 6:17 am.
e. A system by which such intervals are measured or such numbers are reckoned: solar time.
a. often times An interval, especially a span of years, marked by similar events, conditions, or phenomena; an era: hard times; a time of troubles.
b. times The present with respect to prevailing conditions and trends: You must change with the times.
3. A suitable or opportune moment or season: a time for taking stock of one's life.
a. Periods or a period designated for a given activity: harvest time; time for bed.
b. Periods or a period necessary or available for a given activity: I have no time for golf.
c. A period at one's disposal: Do you have time for a chat?
5. An appointed or fated moment, especially of death or giving birth: He died before his time. Her time is near.
a. One of several instances: knocked three times; addressed Congress for the last time before retirement.
b. times 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.
a. One's lifetime.
b. One's period of greatest activity or engagement.
c. A person's experience during a specific period or on a certain occasion: had a good time at the party.
a. A period of military service.
b. A period of apprenticeship.
c. Informal A prison sentence.
a. The customary period of work: hired for full time.
b. The period spent working.
c. The hourly pay rate: earned double time on Sundays.
10. The period during which a radio or television program or commercial is broadcast: "There's television time to buy" (Brad Goldstein).
11. The rate of speed of a measured activity: marching in double time.
12. Music
a. The meter of a musical pattern: three-quarter time.
b. The rate of speed at which a piece of music is played; the tempo.
13. Chiefly British The hour at which a pub closes.
14. Sports A time-out.
1. Of, relating to, or measuring time.
2. Constructed so as to operate at a particular moment: a time release.
3. Payable on a future date or dates.
4. Of or relating to installment buying: time payments.
tr.v. timed, tim·ing, times
1. To set the time for (an event or occasion).
2. To adjust to keep accurate time.
3. 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.
4. To record the speed or duration of: time a runner.
5. To set or maintain the tempo, speed, or duration of: time a manufacturing process.
6. To speculate based on the anticipated short-term performance of (a market): time the stock market.
Phrasal Verb:
time out
Computers To be canceled if an expected input is not received after a specified time. Used of processes.
against time
With a quickly approaching time limit: worked against time to deliver the manuscript before the deadline.
any time
Used to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.
at one time
1. Simultaneously.
2. At a period or moment in the past.
at the same time
However; nonetheless.
at times
On occasion; sometimes.
behind the times
Out-of-date; old-fashioned.
for the time being
from time to time
Once in a while; at intervals.
high time
The appropriate or urgent time: It's high time that you started working.
in good time
1. In a reasonable length of time.
2. When or before due.
3. Quickly.
in no time
Almost instantly; immediately.
in time
1. Before a time limit expires.
2. Within an indefinite time; eventually: In time they came to accept the harsh facts.
3. Music
a. In the proper tempo.
b. Played with a meter.
on time
1. According to schedule; punctual or punctually.
2. By paying in installments.
time after time
Again and again; repeatedly.
time and again
Again and again; repeatedly.
time of (one's) life
A highly pleasurable experience: We had the time of our lives at the beach.
time on (one's) hands
An interval with nothing to do.
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).

[Middle English, from Old English tīma; see dā- in Indo-European roots.]
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a. the continuous passage of existence in which events pass from a state of potentiality in the future, through the present, to a state of finality in the past
b. (as modifier): time travel. temporal
2. (General Physics) physics a quantity measuring duration, usually with reference to a periodic process such as the rotation of the earth or the vibration of electromagnetic radiation emitted from certain atoms. In classical mechanics, time is absolute in the sense that the time of an event is independent of the observer. According to the theory of relativity it depends on the observer's frame of reference. Time is considered as a fourth coordinate required, along with three spatial coordinates, to specify an event. See caesium clock, second21, space-time
3. a specific point on this continuum expressed in terms of hours and minutes: the time is four o'clock.
4. a system of reckoning for expressing time: Greenwich mean time.
a. a definite and measurable portion of this continuum
b. (as modifier): time limit.
a. an accepted period such as a day, season, etc
b. (in combination): springtime.
7. an unspecified interval; a while: I was there for a time.
8. (often plural) a period or point marked by specific attributes or events: the Victorian times; time for breakfast.
9. a sufficient interval or period: have you got time to help me?.
10. an instance or occasion: I called you three times.
11. an occasion or period of specified quality: have a good time; a miserable time.
12. the duration of human existence
13. the heyday of human life: in her time she was a great star.
14. a suitable period or moment: it's time I told you.
15. the expected interval in which something is done: the flying time from New York to London was seven hours.
16. a particularly important moment, esp childbirth or death: her time had come.
17. (Mathematics) (plural) indicating a degree or amount calculated by multiplication with the number specified: ten times three is thirty; he earns four times as much as me.
18. (Clothing & Fashion) (often plural) the fashions, thought, etc, of the present age (esp in the phrases ahead of one's time, behind the times)
19. Brit (in bars, pubs, etc) short for closing time
20. (Law) informal a term in jail (esp in the phrase do time)
21. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms)
a. a customary or full period of work
b. the rate of pay for this period
22. (Music, other)
a. the system of combining beats or pulses in music into successive groupings by which the rhythm of the music is established
b. a specific system having a specific number of beats in each grouping or bar: duple time.
23. (Music, other) music short for time value
24. (Poetry) prosody a unit of duration used in the measurement of poetic metre; mora
25. against time in an effort to complete something in a limited period
26. ahead of time before the deadline
27. all in good time in due course
28. all the time continuously
29. at one time
a. once; formerly
b. simultaneously
30. at the same time
a. simultaneously
b. nevertheless; however
31. at times sometimes
32. (Classical Music) beat time (of a conductor, etc) to indicate the tempo or pulse of a piece of music by waving a baton or a hand, tapping out the beats, etc
33. before one's time prematurely
34. for the time being for the moment; temporarily
35. from time to time at intervals; occasionally
36. gain time See gain19
37. have no time for to have no patience with; not tolerate
38. in good time
a. early
b. quickly
39. in no time very quickly; almost instantaneously
40. in one's own time
a. outside paid working hours
b. at one's own rate
41. early or at the appointed time
42. eventually
43. (Music, other) music at a correct metrical or rhythmic pulse
44. (Music, other) keep time to observe correctly the accent or rhythmic pulse of a piece of music in relation to tempo
45. lose time (of a timepiece) to operate too slowly
46. lose no time to do something without delay
47. make time
a. to find an opportunity
b. (often foll by with) US informal to succeed in seducing
48. See mark135
49. in the nick of time at the last possible moment; at the critical moment
50. at the expected or scheduled time
51. (Banking & Finance) US payable in instalments
52. pass the time of day to exchange casual greetings (with an acquaintance)
53. time about Scot alternately; turn and turn about
54. time and again frequently
55. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) time off a period when one is absent from work for a holiday, through sickness, etc
56. (General Sporting Terms) time on Austral an additional period played at the end of a match, to compensate for time lost through injury or (in certain circumstances) to allow the teams to achieve a conclusive result. Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): extra time
57. time out of mind from time immemorial
58. time of one's life a memorably enjoyable time
59. (modifier) operating automatically at or for a set time, for security or convenience: time lock; time switch.
vb (tr)
60. to ascertain or calculate the duration or speed of
61. to set a time for
62. to adjust to keep accurate time
63. to pick a suitable time for
64. sport to control the execution or speed of (an action, esp a shot or stroke) so that it has its full effect at the right moment
the word called out by a publican signalling that it is closing time
[Old English tīma; related to Old English tīd time, Old Norse tīmi, Alemannic zīme; see tide1]
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n., adj., v. timed, tim•ing. n.
1. the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another.
2. duration regarded as an aspect of the present life as distinct from the life to come or from eternity; finite duration.
3. (sometimes cap.) a system or method of measuring or reckoning the passage of time: Greenwich Time.
4. a limited period or interval, as between two events: a long time.
5. a particular period: Youth is the best time of life.
6. Often, times.
a. a period in history, or one contemporaneous with a notable person: prehistoric times; in Lincoln's time.
b. the period or era now or previously present: a sign of the times.
c. a period with reference to its conditions: hard times.
7. the end of a prescribed or allotted period, as of one's life or a pregnancy.
8. a period experienced in a particular way: Have a good time.
9. a period of work of an employee, or the pay for it.
10. Informal. a term of enforced duty or imprisonment.
11. the period necessary for or occupied by something: The bus takes too much time, so I'll take a plane.
12. leisure or spare time: I hope to take some time in August.
13. a definite point in time, as indicated by a clock: What time is it?
14. a particular period in a day, year, etc.: breakfast time.
15. an appointed or proper instant or period: There is a time for everything.
16. the particular point in time when an event is scheduled to take place: Curtain time is at 8.
17. an indefinite period extending into the future: Time will tell.
18. each occasion of a recurring action or event: to do something five times.
19. times, the number of instances a quantity or factor are taken together: Two goes into six three times; five times faster.
20. one of the three dramatic unities. Compare unity (def. 8).
21. a unit or a group of units in the measurement of poetic meter.
22. Music.
a. tempo; relative rapidity of movement.
b. meter; rhythm.
c. the metrical duration of a note or rest.
d. proper or characteristic rhythm or tempo.
e. the general movement of a particular kind of musical composition with reference to it rhythm, metrical structure, and tempo: waltz time.
23. rate of marching, calculated on the number of paces taken per minute: double time.
24. of or pertaining to the passage of time.
25. (of an explosive device) containing a clock so that it will detonate at the desired moment: a time bomb.
26. of an installment plan: time payments.
27. to measure or record the speed, duration, or rate of: to time a race.
28. to fix the duration of: She timed the test at 15 minutes.
29. to fix the interval between (actions, events, etc.): They timed their strokes at six per minute.
30. to regulate (a train, clock, etc.) as to time.
31. to choose the moment or occasion for; schedule: He timed the attack perfectly.
32. to keep time; sound or move in unison.
1. against time, in an effort to finish within a limited period.
2. ahead of time, before the time due; early.
3. at one time,
a. once; formerly.
b. at the same time; simultaneously.
4. at the same time,
a. nevertheless; yet: He's young; at the same time, he's quite responsible.
b. simultaneously.
5. at times, at intervals; occasionally.
6. behind the times, old-fashioned; dated.
7. for the time being, temporarily; for the present.
8. from time to time, occasionally; at intervals.
9. gain time, to achieve a delay or postponement.
10. in good time, at or in advance of the appointed time; punctually.
11. in no time, in a very brief time.
12. in time,
a. early enough: Come in time for dinner.
b. in the future; eventually: In time he'll understand.
c. in the correct rhythm or tempo.
13. keep time,
a. to record time, as a watch or clock does.
b. to mark or observe the tempo, as by performing rhythmic movements.
14. kill time, to occupy oneself with some activity to make time pass more quickly.
15. make time, to move or travel quickly.
16. make time with, Slang. to pursue or take as a sexual partner.
17. many a time, again and again; frequently.
18. mark time,
a. to suspend progress temporarily, as to await developments; fail to advance.
b. to move the feet alternately as in marching, but without advancing.
19. on one's own time, during one's free time; while not being paid.
20. on time,
a. at the specified time; punctually.
b. to be paid for within a designated period of time, as in installments.
21. take one's time, to act without hurry.
22. the time of one's life, an extremely enjoyable experience.
23. time after time, again and again.
24. time and (time) again, repeatedly; often.
[before 900; Old English tīma, c. Old Norse tīmi; akin to tide1]
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1. A continuous, measurable quantity in which events occur in a sequence proceeding from the past through the present to the future. See Note at space-time.
a. An interval separating two points of this quantity; a duration.
b. A system by which such intervals are measured or such numbers are calculated: standard time; daylight-saving time.
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See also antiquity; future; past.

1. a person or a thing remaining or appearing after its own time period; archaism.
2. an error in chronology. Also called antichronism. — anachronistic, anachronistical, anachronous, adj.
the absence of concurrent time. Cf. synchronism.asynchronic, adj.asynchrony, n.
1. the science of arranging time in fixed periods for the purpose of dating events accurately and arranging them in order of occurrence.
2. a reference book organized according to the dates of past events. — chronologer, chronologist, n.chronological, adj.
1. the art of measuring time accurately.
2. the measurement of time by periods or divisions. — chronometric, chronometrical, adj.
an abnormal discomfort concerning time.
an instrument for accurate measurement of very short periods of time, as the time of trajectory of missiles.
accurate measurement of short intervals of time by means of a chronoscope. — chronoscopic, adj.
an instrument for measuring time by the controlled flow of water or mercury through a small opening.
coevalneity. — coetaneous, adj.
the state of eternal coexistence; eternal coexistence with another eternal entity. — coetemal, adj.
the state or quality of being alike in age or duration; contemporaneity. Also called coetaneity. — coeval, adj.
the practice or habit of delay or tardiness; procrastination. — cunctator, n.cunctatious, cunctatory, adj.
the science of fixing dates in the past by the study of growth rings in trees. — dendrochronologist, n.dendrochronological, adj.
the comparative study of a development based on its history. — diachronic, diachronistic, diachronistical, adj.
Rare. the quality of long duration in time; length of time. — diuturnal, adj.
the chronology of the earth as induced from geologic data. — geochronologist, n.geochronologic, geochronological, adj.
the study of two or more related but distinct languages in order to determine when they separated, by examining the lexicon they share and those parts of it that have been replaced. — glottochronologist, n.glottochronological, adj.
the art or science of constructing dials, as sundials, which show the time of day by the shadow of the gnomon, a pin or triangle raised above the surface of the dial.
a treatise or other work on the subject of gnomics.
any instrument or device for telling time, especially a sundial and early forms of the clock.
1. the description of watches and clocks.
2. the art of making timepieces. — horologiographer, horologiographian, n.horologiographic, adj.
the art or science of making timepieces or of measuring time. — horologist, n.horological, adj.
an instrument for measuring time.
the art or science of measuring time. — horometrical, adj.
immediateness; the quality or condition of being immediate.
Obsolete, the state or condition of being untimely. — intempestive, adj.
1. the characteristic of having a uniform period of vibration.
2. the condition of occurring at the same time as another event. — isochronic, adj.isochrony, n.
a calendar of months.
the state or condition of occurring monthly.
a chronological error in which an event is assigned a date after its real one. Cf. parachronism.metachronic, adj.
an instrument for measuring extremely small time intervals. — microchronometric, adj.
the process or condition of going out of date or being no longer in use. — obsolescent, adj.
the dating of an event as later than its actual occurrence. Cf. prochronism.parachronic, adj.
the study of natural phenomena that occur periodically, as migration or blossoming, and their relation to climate and changes of season. — phenologist, n.phenological, adj.
1. a camera for recording motion by a series of photographs taken at brief intervals.
2. the photograph so produced.
3. a camera that records the exact time of the event it is photographing by exposing a moving sensitized plate to the tracing of a thin beam of light synchronized with the event.
the act or state of preceding or coming before. — prevenient, adj.
the dating of an event as earlier than its actual occurrence. Cf. parachronism.prochronic, adj.
the proportionate frequency at which an event takes place. See also numbers.
the state or quality of being eternal, without beginning or end. — sempiternal, adj.
a coincidence in time; simultaneity. Cf. asynchronism.synchronistic, synchronistical, adj.
an arrangement of events by date, grouping together all those of the same date; a comparative chronology. — synchronological, adj.
the state or quality of passing with time or being ephemeral or fleeting. — transient, adj.
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  1. About as much time left as an ice cube in a frying pan —William Diehl
  2. Any decent church service lasts forty-five minutes, like the sex act —Heinrich Böll
  3. As the waves make toward the pebbled shore, so do our minutes hasten to their end —William Shakespeare
  4. As the years go by me, my life keeps filling up with names like abandoned cemeteries —Yehuda Amichai
  5. The day runs through me as water through a sieve —Samuel Butler
  6. The days chase one another like kittens chasing their tails —H. L. Mencken
  7. The days slipped by … like apple-parings under a knife —Stephen Vincent Benét
  8. A decade falling like snow on top of another —Elizabeth Hardwick
  9. Each class seemed endless to him, as if the hour were stuck to his back like his damp shirt —Helen Hudson
  10. Each year is like a snake that swallows its tail —Robert Penn Warren

    This line is the curtain raiser for Warren’s poem, Paradigm.

  11. Every day yawned like a week —Donald Seaman
  12. Forty-five minutes passed, like a very slow cloud —Dylan Thomas
  13. Here [at a country inn] time swings idly as a toy balloon —Phyllis McGinley
  14. The hours weighed like centuries on his heart —Lawrence Durrell
  15. If time seems to pass so quickly, this is because there are no landmarks. Like the moon when it is at its heights on the horizon —Albert Camus
  16. The hours [with nothing to do] hunted him like a pack of bloodhounds —Edith Wharton
  17. If you let slip time, like a neglected rose it withers on the stalk with languished head —John Milton
  18. The lagging hours of the day went by like windless clouds over a tender sky —Percy Bysshe Shelley

    The word ‘over’ is spelled ‘o’er’ in the original.

  19. Leisure is like a beautiful garment that will not do for constant wear —Anon
  20. Life goes like the river —Clifford Odets
  21. Like a run in a stocking. It [lost time] always got worse —Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  22. Like January weather, the years will bite and smart —Dorothy Parker
  23. Like sand poured in a careful measure from the hand, the weeks flowed down —Paule Marshall
  24. Like the swell of some sweet tune, morning rises into noon, May glides onward into June —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  25. Like the waves make towards the pebbled shore, so do our minutes hasten to their end —William Shakespeare
  26. The minutes crawl like last year’s flies —Ridgely Torrence
  27. The minutes ticked off like separate eternities —Dan Wakefield
  28. The moment hung in time like a miner’s hat on an oaken peg in a saloon abandoned ninety years ago —Loren D. Estleman
  29. The moment shimmered like a glass of full-bodied wine —Marge Piercy
  30. The moments [between two people] were stretching longer and longer, like so many rubber bands —Elizabeth Spencer
  31. My days are consumed like smoke —The Holy Bible/Psalms
  32. The passing years are like a mist sweeping up from the sea of time so that my memories acquire new aspects —W. Somerset Maugham
  33. Saw the days of the year stretching ahead like a series of bright, white boxes, and separating one box from another was sleep, like a black shade —Sylvia Plath
  34. She was forever saving time, like bits of string —Helen Hudson
  35. Slowly the generations pass, like sand through heaven’s blue hour-glass —Vachel Lindsay

    Lindsay used this simile as a repeated refrain for his poem Shantung.

  36. The summer was melting away like the unfinished ice cream Sonny left on his plate —Dan Wakefield
  37. That night and the next day swept past like the waters of a rapids —James Crumley
  38. (Time seems thin, one-dimensional,) the hours long and slender, stretched like a wire —Dan Wakefield
  39. There is a rhythm inside a year of time, like a great mainspring that keeps it ticking from spring to summer to fall to winter —Borden Deal
  40. Time … a substance of some sort which existence burned up like a fire —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
  41. Time can be nibbled away as completely as a tray of canapés in an irresolute fat man’s reach, or grandly lost in victory like the great marlin in The Old Man and the Sea [by Hemingway] —Charles Poore
  42. Time crawled like ants —Marge Piercy
  43. Time crouched, like a great cat, motionless but for tail’s twitch —Robert Penn Warren
  44. Time dripped like drops of blood —Yukio Mishima
  45. Time drops sail like a ketch in a lagoon —Diane Ackerman
  46. Time fled past us like a startled bird —James Crumley
  47. Time flies … like an arrow —Amy Hempel
  48. Time goes cooly through the funnel of his fingers … like water over stones —William H. Gass
  49. Time has moved on like a great flock of geese —Stephen Minot
  50. Time is a storm in which we are all lost —William Carlos Williams
  51. Time is like an enterprising manager always bent on staging some new and surprising production, without knowing very well what it will be —George Santayana
  52. Time is like a river made up of the events which happen, and its current is strong. No sooner does anything appear than it is swept away and another comes in its place, and will be swept away too —Marcus Aurelius
  53. Time is like money; the less we have of it to spare the further we make it go —Josh Billings
  54. Time is like some balked monster, waiting outside the valley, to pounce on the slackers who have managed to evade him longer than they should —James Hilton
  55. Time, like a flurry of wild rain, shall drift across the darkened pane —Charles G. D. Roberts
  56. Time like an ever-rolling stream bears all its sons away —Isaac Watts
  57. Time, like a pulse, shakes fierce through all the worlds —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  58. Time looked like snow dropping silently into a black room or … like a silent film in an ancient theatre, one hundred billion faces falling like those New Year balloons, down and down into nothing —Ray Bradbury
  59. Time moves … like a treacle —Hortense Calisher
  60. Time passes as on a fast day —Anon
  61. Time pleated like a fan —Julia O’Faolain
  62. Time pulses from the afternoon like blood from a serious wound —Hilma Wolitzer
  63. Time roared in his ears like wind —John Barth

    See Also: NOISE

  64. Time roars in my ears like a river —Derek Walcott
  65. Time rushes past us like the snowflake on the river —Gore Vidal
  66. Time seemed to have slowed down, dividing itself into innumerable fractions, like Zeno’s space or marijuana hours —Ross Macdonald
  67. Time … sounded like water running in a dark cave and voices crying and dirt dropping down upon hollow box lids, and rain —Ray Bradbury
  68. Time sticking to her like cold grease —Marge Piercy
  69. Time swells like a wave at a wall and bursts to eternity —George Barker
  70. Time went on like an unchanging ribbon drawn across a turbulent background —Heinrich Boll
  71. Upon his silver hairs, time, like a Panama hat, sits at a tilt and smiles —Karl Shapiro

    In his poem, Boy-Man, Shapiro expands on the simile as follows: “… and smiles. To him the world has just begun. And every city waiting to be built.”

  72. The week is dealt out like a hand —Randall Jarrell
  73. The week passed slowly … like a prolonged Sunday —Edith Wharton
  74. When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. When he sits on a hot stove for a minute, then it’s longer than any hour —Albert Einstein
  75. When you’re deeply absorbed in what you’re doing, time gives itself to you like a warm and willing lover —Brendan Francis
  76. The years are crawling over him like wee red ants —Ogden Nash
  77. The years come close around me like a crowd of the strangers I knew once —Randall Jarrell
  78. The years dropped from Randstable [character in novel] like a heavy overcoat —James Morrow
  79. The years like great black oxen tread the world, and God the herdsman goads them on behind —W. B. Yeats
  80. The years peeled back like the skin of an onion, layer on top of layer —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  81. The years rolled in against one another like a rush of water —Frieda Arkin
  82. The years shall run like rabbits —W. H. Auden
  83. The years ticked past like crabs —Randall Jarrell
  84. Years which rushed over her like weathered leaves in a storm —Ellen Glasgow
  85. A year that dragged like a terminal illness —Rosellen Brown
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before one had nails on one’s toes Before one was born; long ago, in the distant past. This expression refers to the fact that a baby’s toenails develop prenatally. Thus, an event or other matter that occurred before a person’s toenails developed occurred before he was born. In its most common usage, the expression cites a younger person’s age as the basis for denigrating his status, experience, ideals, or philosophies.

There’s Ulysses and old Nestor, whose wit was moldy ere your grandsires had nails on their toes. (Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, II, i)

between dog and wolf Neither day nor night; dusk. The dog is a domesticated animal, and therefore associated with all that is civilized and ordered, such as the day. On the other hand, the wild and mysterious wolf is associated with the night, from the image of a wolf baying at the moon. Although they are of the same family, dogs and wolves are as different as day and night. And between dog and wolf, or day and night, is dusk.

blind man’s holiday Dusk; neither day nor night. This phrase, used as early as 1599, is said to refer to the time just before candles are lighted when it is too dark to work or read—a fitting time to rest, or “take a holiday.” However, this explanation does not account for the use of blind man in the phrase. Perhaps dusk is a holiday for a blind man because it offers him a brief respite from his aloneness. He has company because everyone is in the same state of semi-darkness until the candles are lit. In fact, being accustomed to the darkness, a blind man can enjoy an advantage. The phrase is rarely heard today.

D-day A deadline, the last hour, the moment of truth; a date established for any significant event, originally for a secret military operation. During World War II, the Allied invasion of Normandy was set for June 5, 1944. To avoid referring to the date, for security reasons, the code word D-day was adopted. Hostile weather conditions, however, forced the postponement of this famous D-day until the next day. The term is currently used in a similar way, especially in the academic world where students often refer to the due, date for the submission of work as D-day.

graveyard shift A work shift usually from twelve midnight until eight in the morning; any late-night shift; also the graveyard watch. Factories running 24 hours a day employ three shifts—day, swing, and midnight or. graveyard. The expression gained currency during World War II when so many factories were operating around-the-clock. The phrase, American slang and dating from the early part of this century, is an allusion to the late hour of the shift, which works in the dead of night when it is quiet and still as a graveyard.

A month later he and his fellows went on “graveyard” shift. (The Saturday Evening Post, November, 1908)

zero hour Deadline; an anticipated stressful or critical period of time; the precise time established for the commencement of a military operation. This phrase originated and was widely used during World War I. It was for the most part replaced by the analogous term H-hour during World War II. As currently used, the expression often carries an implication of dread.

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1. 'time'

Time is what we measure in hours, days, years, etc.

It seemed like a long period of time.
More time passed.

You don't usually use time when you are saying how long something takes or lasts. Don't say, for example, 'The course took two years' time' or 'Each song lasts ten minutes' time'. Say 'The course took two years' or 'Each song lasts ten minutes'.

The whole process probably takes twenty-five years.
The tour lasts 4 hours.

You can, however, use time when you are saying how long it will be before something happens. For example, you can say 'We are getting married in two years' time'.

The exchange ends officially in a month's time.
In a few days' time, she may change her mind.

Time is usually an uncountable noun, so don't use 'a' with it. Don't say, for example, 'I haven't got a time to go shopping'. Say 'I haven't got time to go shopping'.

I didn't know if we'd have time for tea.
2. 'a...time'

However, you can use a with an adjective and time when you are showing how long something takes or lasts. You can say, for example, that something takes a long time or takes a short time.

The proposal would take quite a long time to discuss in detail.
After a short time one of them said 'It's all right, we're all friends here.'

You can also use expressions like these, with or without for, as adverbial phrases.

He's going to have to wait a very long time.
They worked together for a short time.
You've only been in the firm quite a short time.

If you are enjoying yourself while you are doing something, you can say, for example, that you are having a good time.

Downstairs, Aneesa was having a wonderful time.
Did you have a good time in Edinburgh?

You must use a in sentences like these. Don't say, for example, 'Aneesa was having wonderful time'.

3. meaning 'occasion'

Time is used with the or that and a qualifier to refer to the occasion when something happened or will happen.

By the time the waiter brought their coffee, she was almost asleep.
Do you remember that time when Adrian phoned up?

When time has this meaning, you can use words like first or last in front of it.

It was the first time she spoke.
When was the last time I saw you?

Expressions such as the first time and the next time are often adverbial phrases.

The next time he would offer to pay.
The second time I hired a specialist firm.

Next time (without 'the') is also an adverbial.

You'll see a difference next time.
Next time you will do everything right.
4. 'on time'

If something happens on time, it happens at the right time or punctually.

He turned up on time for guard duty.
Their planes usually arrive on time.
5. 'in time'

Don't confuse on time with in time. If you are in time for a particular event, you are not late for it.

We're just in time.
He returned to his hotel in time for a late supper.

If something such as a job or task is finished in time, it is finished at or before the time when it should be finished.

I can't do it in time.

In time has another meaning. You use it to say that something happens eventually, after a lot of time has passed.

In time the costs will decrease.
In time I came to see how important this was.
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Past participle: timed
Gerund: timing

I time
you time
he/she/it times
we time
you time
they time
I timed
you timed
he/she/it timed
we timed
you timed
they timed
Present Continuous
I am timing
you are timing
he/she/it is timing
we are timing
you are timing
they are timing
Present Perfect
I have timed
you have timed
he/she/it has timed
we have timed
you have timed
they have timed
Past Continuous
I was timing
you were timing
he/she/it was timing
we were timing
you were timing
they were timing
Past Perfect
I had timed
you had timed
he/she/it had timed
we had timed
you had timed
they had timed
I will time
you will time
he/she/it will time
we will time
you will time
they will time
Future Perfect
I will have timed
you will have timed
he/she/it will have timed
we will have timed
you will have timed
they will have timed
Future Continuous
I will be timing
you will be timing
he/she/it will be timing
we will be timing
you will be timing
they will be timing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been timing
you have been timing
he/she/it has been timing
we have been timing
you have been timing
they have been timing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been timing
you will have been timing
he/she/it will have been timing
we will have been timing
you will have been timing
they will have been timing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been timing
you had been timing
he/she/it had been timing
we had been timing
you had been timing
they had been timing
I would time
you would time
he/she/it would time
we would time
you would time
they would time
Past Conditional
I would have timed
you would have timed
he/she/it would have timed
we would have timed
you would have timed
they would have timed
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(min) A unit of time measurement equal to 60 seconds. 60 min = 1 hr.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.time - an instance or single occasion for some event; "this time he succeeded"; "he called four times"; "he could do ten at a clip"
case, instance, example - an occurrence of something; "it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"
2.time - a period of time considered as a resource under your control and sufficient to accomplish something; "take time to smell the roses"; "I didn't have time to finish"; "it took more than half my time"
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
3.time - an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities); "he waited a long time"; "the time of year for planting"; "he was a great actor in his time"
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
day - some point or period in time; "it should arrive any day now"; "after that day she never trusted him again"; "those were the days"; "these days it is not unusual"
dead - a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense; "the dead of winter"
hard times - a time of difficulty
incarnation - time passed in a particular bodily form; "he believes that his life will be better in his next incarnation"
wee - a short time; "bide a wee"
while, spell, patch, piece - a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition; "he was here for a little while"; "I need to rest for a piece"; "a spell of good weather"; "a patch of bad weather"
mo, moment, second, minute, bit - an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "in a mo"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"
ephemera - something transitory; lasting a day
space age - the age beginning with the first space travel; from 1957 to the present
4.time - a suitable moment; "it is time to go"
moment, instant, minute, second - a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party began"
high time - the latest possible moment; "it is high time you went to work"
occasion - the time of a particular event; "on the occasion of his 60th birthday"
5.time - the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
attribute - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
geologic time, geological time - the time of the physical formation and development of the earth (especially prior to human history)
biological time - the time of various biological processes
cosmic time - the time covered by the physical formation and development of the universe
civil time, local time, standard time - the official time in a local region (adjusted for location around the Earth); established by law or custom
daylight saving, daylight savings, daylight-saving time, daylight-savings time - time during which clocks are set one hour ahead of local standard time; widely adopted during summer to provide extra daylight in the evenings
nowadays, present - the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech; "that is enough for the present"; "he lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow"
past, past times, yesteryear - the time that has elapsed; "forget the past"
future, futurity, time to come, hereafter - the time yet to come
musical time - (music) the beat of musical rhythm
continuum - a continuous nonspatial whole or extent or succession in which no part or portion is distinct or distinguishable from adjacent parts
GMT, Greenwich Mean Time, Greenwich Time, universal time, UT, UT1 - the local time at the 0 meridian passing through Greenwich, England; it is the same everywhere
duration, continuance - the property of enduring or continuing in time
eternity, infinity - time without end
6.time - a person's experience on a particular occasion; "he had a time holding back the tears"; "they had a good time together"
experience - an event as apprehended; "a surprising experience"; "that painful experience certainly got our attention"
7.time - a reading of a point in time as given by a clocktime - a reading of a point in time as given by a clock; "do you know what time it is?"; "the time is 10 o'clock"
meter reading, reading, indication - a datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument; "he could not believe the meter reading"; "the barometer gave clear indications of an approaching storm"
SCLK, spacecraft clock time - the clock time given by a clock carried on board a spacecraft
prime time - the hours between 7 and 11 p.m. when the largest tv audience is available
time of day, hour - clock time; "the hour is getting late"
8.time - the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event
dimension - the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)
9.time - rhythm as given by division into parts of equal durationtime - rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration
rhythmicity - the rhythmic property imparted by the accents and relative durations of notes in a piece of music
10.time - the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned; "he served a prison term of 15 months"; "his sentence was 5 to 10 years"; "he is doing time in the county jail"
term - a limited period of time; "a prison term"; "he left school before the end of term"
hard time - a term served in a maximum security prison
life sentence, life - a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives; "he got life for killing the guard"
Verb1.time - measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time; "he clocked the runners"
measure, quantify - express as a number or measure or quantity; "Can you quantify your results?"
mistime - time incorrectly; "She mistimed the marathon runner"
2.time - assign a time for an activity or event; "The candidate carefully timed his appearance at the disaster scene"
schedule - plan for an activity or event; "I've scheduled a concert next week"
3.time - set the speed, duration, or execution of; "we time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely"
shape, determine, influence, regulate, mold - shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"
4.time - regulate or set the time of; "time the clock"
adjust, correct, set - alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels"
5.time - adjust so that a force is applied and an action occurs at the desired time; "The good player times his swing so as to hit the ball squarely"
adjust, correct, set - alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels"
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1. period, while, term, season, space, stretch, spell, phase, interval, span, period of time, stint, duration, length of time For a long time I didn't tell anyone.
2. occasion, point, moment, hour, stage, instance, instant, point in time, juncture It seemed like a good time to tell her.
3. age, days, era, year, date, generation, duration, epoch, chronology, aeon The design has remained unchanged since the time of the pharaohs.
4. experience, life, conditions, circumstances I was having a hard time in school.
5. tempo, beat, rhythm, measure, metre A reel is in four-four time.
6. lifetime, day, life, season, duration, life span, allotted span I wouldn't change anything if I had my time again.
7. heyday, prime, peak, hour, springtime, salad days, best years or days He was a very good jockey in his time.
1. measure, judge, clock, count He timed each performance with a stop-watch.
2. schedule, set, plan, book, programme, set up, fix, arrange, line up, organize, timetable, slate (U.S.), fix up, prearrange We had timed our visit for March 7.
3. regulate, control, calculate an alarm timed to go off every hour on the hour
ahead of time early, earlier than expected, with time to spare, in good time The train arrived well ahead of time.
ahead of your or its time revolutionary, pioneering, avant-garde, futuristic, ground-breaking, ultra-modern, innovatory, trailblazing His designs were ahead of their time.
all the time constantly, always, continually, ever, throughout, continuously, at all times, for the duration, perpetually, ceaselessly, without a break, twenty-four-seven (informal) She keeps nagging me about my smoking all the time.
at one time once, previously, formerly, for a while, hitherto, once upon a time At one time, 400 people lived in the village.
at the same time
1. simultaneously, together, at once, all together, as a group, in concert, in unison, concurrently The three men arrived at the same time.
2. nevertheless, still, even so, yet, regardless, nonetheless, all the same, notwithstanding, in any event, be that as it may I was afraid of her, but at the same time I really liked her.
behind the times out of date, old-fashioned, outdated, square (informal), dated, obsolete, out of fashion, antiquated, outmoded, passé, old hat, out of style That idea is about 20 years behind the times.
for the time being for now, meanwhile, meantime, in the meantime, temporarily, for the moment, for the present, pro tem, for the nonce The situation is calm for the time being.
from time to time occasionally, sometimes, now and then, at times, on occasion, once in a while, every now and then, every so often Her daughters visited her from time to time.
in good time
1. on time, early, ahead of schedule, ahead of time, with time to spare We always make sure we're home in good time for the programme.
2. promptly, quickly, rapidly, swiftly, speedily, with dispatch Ninety-three per cent of the students received their loans in good time.
in no time quickly, rapidly, swiftly, in a moment, in a flash, speedily, in an instant, apace, before you know it, in a trice, in a jiffy (informal), in two shakes of a lamb's tail (informal), before you can say Jack Robinson At his age he'll heal in no time.
in time
1. on time, on schedule, in good time, at the appointed time, early, with time to spare I arrived in time for my flight to London.
2. eventually, one day, ultimately, sooner or later, someday, in the fullness of time, by and by He would sort out his own problems in time.
many a time frequently, often, many times, repeatedly, over and over (again), again and again, time and (time) again, on many occasions I've been to that house many a time.
on time
1. punctual, prompt, on schedule, in good time Don't worry, she'll be on time.
2. punctually, promptly, on schedule, on the dot The train arrived on time and she stepped out.
time after time repeatedly, many times, over and over again, often, frequently, persistently, on many occasions He escaped from jail time after time.
time and again over and over again, repeatedly, time after time Time and again political parties have failed to tackle this issue.
Related words
adjective temporal
"But meanwhile it is flying, irretrievable time is flying" [Virgil Georgics]
"Time is the best medicine" [Ovid Remedia Amoris]
"Every instant of time is a pinprick of eternity" [Marcus Aurelius Meditations]
"Wait for that wisest of Counsellors, Time" [Pericles]
"To every thing there is a season, and a time"
"to every purpose under heaven:"
"A time to be born, and a time to die ..."
"A time to love, and a time to hate;"
"A time of war, and a time of peace" Bible: Ecclesiastes
"Come what may,"
"Time and the hour runs through the roughest day" [William Shakespeare Macbeth]
"time the subtle thief of youth" [John Milton Sonnet 7]
"Remember that time is money" [Benjamin Franklin Advice to a Young Tradesman]
"Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them" [Dion Boucicault London Assurance]
"The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time" [W.B. Yeats in memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz]
"Time goes, you say? Ah, no!"
"Alas, Time stays, we go" [Henry Austin Dobson The Paradox of Time]
"Time rushes by and yet time is frozen. Funny how we get so exact about time at the end of life and at its beginning" [Sister Helen Prejean]
"Time and tide wait for no man"
"Time flies (tempus fugit)"
"Time is a great healer"
"Time will tell"


Related vocabulary  calends or kalends, civil day, civil year, day, Gregorian calendar, ides, intercalary, Julian calendar, leap year, lunar month, lunar year, month, nones, Roman calendar, synodic month, week, year
Gregorian calendar  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Jewish calendar  Tishri, Cheshvan or Heshvan, Kislev, Tevet, Shevat or Shebat, Adar, Nisan, Iyar or Iyyar, Sivan, Tammuz, Av or Ab, Elul
Muslim calendar  Muharram or Moharram, Safar or Saphar, Rabia I, Rabia II, Jumada I, Jumada II, Rajab, Shaban or Shaaban, Ramadan, Rhamadhan, or Ramazan, Shawwal, Dhu'l-Qa'dah, Dhu'l-Hijjah
French revolutionary calendar  Vendémiaire, Brumaire, Frimaire, Nivôse, Pluviôse, Ventôse, Germinal, Floréal, Prairial, Messidor, Thermidor or Fervidor, Fructidor
Time zones  Atlantic Daylight Time, Atlantic Standard Time, British Summer Time, Central Daylight Time, Central European Time, Central Standard Time, Eastern Daylight Time, Eastern Standard Time, Greenwich Mean Time, Mountain Daylight Time, Mountain Standard Time, Newfoundland Daylight Time, Newfoundland Standard Time, Pacific Daylight Time, Pacific Standard Time, Yukon Daylight Time, Yukon Standard Time
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002


1. A rather short period:
2. The general point at which an event occurs:
3. A limited or specific period of time during which something happens, lasts, or extends:
4. A particular time notable for its distinctive characteristics.Often used in plural:
5. A span designated for a given activity:
6. A term of service, as in the military or in prison:
7. A limited, often assigned period of activity, duty, or opportunity:
bout, go, hitch, inning (often used in plural), shift, spell, stint, stretch, tour, trick, turn, watch.
1. To set the time for (an event or occasion):
2. To record the speed or duration of:
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الزَّمَنالوَقْت المُخَصَّصالوَقْت المُناسِبالوَقْت، السّاعَهساعَة، فَتْرَه، عَهْد، وَقْت
aegaega võtmaajastamahetkkell
alkalomidõidőidő: idejét mériidőtartam
tímitími, tímabil, stundtíminnafplánunartímiaugnablik, tækifæri
amžinumasatimantis daug laikodaugelį kartųeikvoti laikąį taktą
laiksreizetaktstempsuzņemt laiku
načasovať siodmerať časvhodná chvíľa
časurakratmeriti časod časa do časa
giờthời gian


(gen)temps m
I'm sorry, I haven't got time → Je suis désolé, je n'ai pas le temps.
I haven't got much time → Je n'ai pas beaucoup de temps.
in no time → en un rien de temps
It was ready in no time → Ça a été prêt en un rien de temps.
in next to no time (= very soon) → d'un moment à l'autre
for a long time (with perfect tense)depuis longtemps; (with past tense)pendant longtemps
Have you lived here for a long time? → Vous habitez ici depuis longtemps?
For a long time I didn't tell anyone → Pendant longtemps je n'ai rien dit à personne.
for a time → pendant un moment
He stayed for quite a time → Il est resté pendant un bon moment.
all the time → tout le temps
a period of time → un temps
a certain period of time → un certain temps
to spend time → passer du temps
to spend one's time doing sth → passer son temps à faire qch
to take time → prendre du temps
time passes → le temps passe
time off → un congé
He asked for time off to visit his sick mother → Il a demandé un congé pour aller voir sa mère malade.
(= period) → temps m
in these difficult times → en ces temps difficiles
in Queen Victoria's time → au temps de la reine Victoria
during my time in Toronto → pendant le temps que j'ai passé à Toronto
at that time → en ce temps-là
at one time (= in the past) → à une époque
times have changed → les temps ont changé
to be behind the times → être en retard sur son temps
to be ahead of one's time → être en avance sur son temps
to be before sb's time → être avant l'époque de qn
That was before my time → C'était avant mon époque.
(by clock)heure f
It was two o'clock, French time → Il était deux heures, heure française.
what time is it? → quelle heure est-il?
what time do you make it? → quelle heure avez-vous?
what time do you ... (= at what time) → à quelle heure vous ...
What time do you get up? → À quelle heure tu te lèves?
to ask sb the time → demander l'heure à qn
to tell the time → dire l'heure
on time → à l'heure
He never arrives on time → Il n'arrive jamais à l'heure.
to be 30 minutes behind time → avoir 30 minutes de retard
to be ahead of time → être en avance
time's up! → c'est l'heure!
(= moment) → moment m
This isn't a good time to ask him → Ce n'est pas le bon moment pour lui demander.
Is this a bad time? → Ce n'est peut-être pas le bon moment?
it is time for sb to do sth → il est temps pour qn de faire qch, il est temps que qn fasse qch
it is time to do sth → il est temps de faire qch
It's time to go → Il est temps de partir.
this is no time to ... → ce n'est pas le moment de ...
This was no time to make a speech → Ce n'était pas le moment de faire un discours.
any time, at any time → à tout moment
It could happen at any time → Cela pourrait arriver à tout moment.
by the time he arrived → le temps qu'il arrive
for the time being → pour le moment
the time has come → l'heure est venue
to be old before one's time → être vieux avant l'âge(vieille)
(= occasion) → fois f
Do you remember that time when Adrian phoned up? → Tu te souviens de la fois où Adrian a téléphoné?
the last time (that)
the last time I saw her → la dernière fois que je l'ai vue
three times a day → trois fois par jour
this time → cette fois-ci
next time → la prochaine fois
any time (in offers, invitations)quand vous voulez, quand tu veux
Come and see us any time → Venez nous voir quand vous voulez.
two at a time → deux à la fois
three steps at a time → quatre à quatre
I ran upstairs three steps at a time → J'ai monté l'escalier quatre à quatre.
how many times? → combien de fois?
time after time → à maintes reprises
from time to time → de temps en temps
at times → parfois
(= experience) → moment m
to have a good time → bien s'amuser
Did you have a good time? → Vous vous êtes bien amusés?
I had a great time while the kids were away → Je me suis bien amusé pendant que les enfants n'étaient pas là.
to have a terrible time doing sth, to have a terrible time trying to do sth → avoir un mal fou à faire qch
to be having a hard time → traverser une période difficile
They're having a pretty hard time at the moment → Ils traversent une période plutôt difficile.
we had a hard time → nous avons traversé une période difficile
what sort of time ... ?
What sort of time did you have last night? → Tu t'es bien amusé hier soir?
have a great time! → amusez-vous bien!
to have the time of one's life → passer des moments inoubliables
to have a better time (= get on better) → s'en sortir mieux
in time (= eventually) → à terme
He would sort out his own problems, in time → À terme, il trouverait des solutions à ses propres problèmes.
in time for sth → à temps pour qch
We arrived in time for lunch → Nous sommes arrivés à temps pour le déjeuner.
just in time → juste à temps
in good time (= with time to spare) → en temps et en heure (= in due course) → en temps voulu
(with hour's, week's, month's, year's) in a week's time → dans une semaine
in a month's time → dans un mois
I'll come back in a month's time → Je reviendrai dans un mois.
in a year's time → dans un an
all the time → tout le temps
We can't be together all the time → On ne peut pas être ensemble tout le temps.
at the same time (= nevertheless) → en même temps
it's about time! → ce n'est pas trop tôt!
it's about time (that) → il est grand temps que + subj
It's about time he learnt to behave properly → Il est grand temps qu'il apprenne à se comporter correctement.
not before time (British)il en était grand temps
of all time (= ever) → de tous les temps
This is my favourite song of all time → Voilà la meilleure chanson de tous les temps pour moi.
the best film of all time → le meilleur film de tous les temps
for all time → à tout jamais
time will tell → l'avenir le dira
time will tell whether → l'avenir dira si
half the time (= often) → la moitié du temps
(in maths)fois f
5 times 5 → 5 fois 5
2 times 2 is 4 → Deux fois deux égalent quatre.
three times the size of sth → de trois fois la taille de qch
(in music)mesure f
in time (with music, with other players)en mesure
He was playing out of time with everyone else → Il ne jouait pas en mesure avec les autres.
to keep time → marquer la mesure
to take one's time (= not hurry) → prendre son temps
You took your time! (= were slow) → Tu as mis le temps!
to have no time for sb/sth (= dislike) → ne pas aimer qn/qch
I've no time for it → Je n'aime pas ça.
She has no time for people who don't do their jobs properly
BUT Elle n'a pas de temps à perdre avec les gens qui ne font pas leur travail convenablement.
to have a lot of time for sb → avoir beaucoup de respect pour qn
I have a lot of time for him → J'ai beaucoup de respect pour lui.
to do sth in one's own time (= at one's own pace) → faire qch à son rythme (= outside working hours) → sur son temps libre
Don't try and hurry him - he'll do it in his own time → Ne le presse pas - il le fera à son rythme.
once upon a time there was ... → il était une fois ...
(in prison) to do time → faire de la prison
to call time on sth (= put an end to) → mettre le holà à qch
to call time (in a pub)annoncer les dernières commandes (dans un bar)
(= measure time taken) [+ race] → chronométrer; [+ programme] → minuter; [+ breathing, heart-rate] → mesurer
(= choose timing of) [+ remark] → choisir le moment de; [+ attack, protest] → prévoir
We had timed our visit for 7 March → Nous avions prévu notre visite pour le 7 mars.
to time sth well → bien calculer qch
to be timed to coincide with sth [event, action] → devoir coïncider avec qch
to be timed to go off [bomb] → être réglé(e) pour exploser
The bomb was timed to go off at 6 am → La bombe était réglée pour exploser à six heures du matin.
well-timed [remark, entrance, tackle, pass, run] → fait(e) au moment opportun
an ill-timed remark → une remarque inopportunetime-and-motion study nétude f ergonomiquetime bomb nbombe f à retardementtime check nrappel m de l'heuretime clock nhorloge f pointeusetime-consuming [ˈtaɪmkənsjuːmɪŋ] adj
a time-consuming task → un travail qui prend du tempstime difference ndécalage m horairetime frame timeframe, time-frame [ˈtaɪmfreɪm] ncalendrier mtime-honoured [ˈtaɪmɒnərd] (British) time-honored (US) adjconsacré(e)
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Zeit f; how time flies!wie die Zeit vergeht!; only time will tell whether …es muss sich erst herausstellen, ob …; it takes time to do thatdas erfordert or braucht (seine) Zeit; to take (one’s) time (over something)sich (dat)(bei etw) Zeit lassen; it took me all my time to finishich bin gerade noch fertig geworden; in (the course of) timemit der Zeit; in (next to or less than) no timeim Nu, im Handumdrehen; at this (present) point or moment in timezu diesem or zum gegenwärtigen Zeitpunkt; to have a lot of/no time for somebody/somethingviel/keine Zeit für jdn/etw haben; (fig: = be for/against) → viel/nichts für jdn/etw übrighaben; to find time (for somebody/something)Zeit (für jdn/etw) finden; to make time (for somebody/something)sich (dat)Zeit (für jdn/etw) nehmen; time is on our sidedie Zeit arbeitet für uns; he lost no time in telling herer verlor keine Zeit und sagte es ihr sofort; there is no time to losees gibt keine Zeit (mehr) zu verlieren; my time is my ownich kann frei über meine Zeit verfügen; in or given timemit der Zeit; in one’s own/the company’s timein or während der Freizeit/Arbeitszeit; don’t rush, do it in your own timenur keine Hast, tun Sie es, wie Sie es können; time is money (prov) → Zeit ist Geld (prov); time and tide wait for no man (Prov) → das Rad der Zeit hält niemand auf (Prov); for some time pastseit einiger Zeit; I don’t know what she’s saying half the time (inf)meistens verstehe ich gar nicht, was sie sagt; in two weeks’ timein zwei Wochen; for a timeeine Zeit lang; not before time (Brit) → das wurde auch (langsam) Zeit; to do time (inf, in prison) → sitzen (inf); to make time with somebody (dated esp US inf: = have sex with) → es mit jdm treiben (inf)
? all the time (= always)immer; (= all along)die ganze Zeit; I get them mixed up all the timeich verwechsle sie immer; I knew that all the timedas wusste ich die ganze Zeit
? in good time to be in good timerechtzeitig dran sein; let me know in good timesagen Sie mir rechtzeitig Bescheid; all in good timealles zu seiner Zeit
? in one’s own good time he’ll let you know in his own good timeer wird Ihnen Bescheid sagen, wenn er so weit ist; he does everything in his own good timeer lässt sich bei nichts hetzen
? a long time (for) a long timelange; I’m going away for a long timeich fahre für or auf längere Zeit weg; it’s a long time (since …)es ist schon lange her(, seit …); what a (long) time you have been!du hast (aber) lange gebraucht!
? a short time (for) a short timekurz; a short time laterkurz darauf; a short time agovor Kurzem; in a short time they were all gonenach kurzer Zeit waren alle gegangen
? for the time being (= provisionally)vorläufig; (= temporarily)vorübergehend
? time on one’s hands to have time on one’s handsviel freie Zeit haben; too many people who have time on their handszu viele Leute, die zu viel freie Zeit haben; having time on my hands I went into a caféda ich (noch) Zeit hatte, ging ich ins Café
by clock what time is it?, what’s the time?wie spät ist es?, wie viel Uhr ist es?; what time do you make it?wie spät haben Sies?; my watch keeps good timemeine Uhr geht genau; the time is 2.30es ist 2.30 Uhr, die Zeit: 2.30 Uhr; it’s 2 o’clock local timees ist 2.00 Uhr Ortszeit; what was his time? (in race) → welche Zeit hatte er?; the winning time was …die Zeit des Siegers war …; it’s time (for me/us etc) to go, it’s time I was/we were etc going, it’s time I/we etc wentes wird Zeit, dass ich gehe/wir gehen etc; it’s time for teaes ist Teezeit; time gentlemen please!Feierabend! (inf), → bitte, trinken Sie aus, wir schließen gleich
? the time of day to pass the time of day (with somebody)(mit jdm) über Belanglosigkeiten reden; I wouldn’t even give him the time of dayich würde ihm nicht einmal guten or Guten Tag sagen
? to tell the time (person)die Uhr kennen; (instrument)die Uhrzeit anzeigen; can you tell the time?kennst du die Uhr?
? to make good timegut or schnell vorankommen; if we get to Birmingham by 3 we’ll be making good timewenn wir um 3 Uhr in Birmingham sind, sind wir ziemlich schnell
? about time it’s about time he was here (he has arrived) → es wird (aber) auch Zeit, dass er kommt; (he has not arrived) → es wird langsam Zeit, dass er kommt; (and) about time too!das wird aber auch Zeit!
? ahead of timezu früh; we are ahead of timewir sind früh dran
? behind timezu spät; we are behind timewir sind spät dran
? at + time at any time during the dayzu jeder Tageszeit; not at this time of night!nicht zu dieser nachtschlafenden Zeit or Stunde!; at one timefrüher, einmal; at any timejederzeit; come (at) any timedu kannst jederzeit kommen; at no timeniemals; at the same time (lit)gleichzeitig; they arrived at the same time as ussie kamen zur gleichen Zeit an wie wir; but at the same time, you must admit that …aber andererseits müssen Sie zugeben, dass …; it was hard, but at the same time you could have triedes war schwierig, aber Sie hätten es trotzdem versuchen können
? in/on timerechtzeitig; to be in time for somethingrechtzeitig zu etw kommen; on timepünktlich; the trains are on timedie Züge fahren pünktlich
? to time the trains are running to timedie Züge fahren pünktlich
= moment, seasonZeit f; there’s a time and a place for everythingalles zu seiner Zeit; this is hardly the time or the place to …dies ist wohl kaum die rechte Zeit oder der rechte Ort, um …; this is no time for quarrelling or to quarreljetzt ist nicht die Zeit, sich zu streiten; well, this is a fine time to tell me that (iro)Sie haben sich (dat)wahrhaftig eine gute Zeit ausgesucht, um mir das zu sagen; there are times when …es gibt Augenblicke, wo or da (geh); at the or that timedamals, zu der Zeit, seinerzeit; at this (particular) time, at the present timezurzeit; sometimes …, (at) other times …(manch)mal …, (manch)mal …; from that time onvon der Zeit an, von da an; since that timeseit der Zeit; this time last year/weekletztes Jahr/letzte Woche um diese Zeit; to choose or pick one’s timesich (dat)einen günstigen Zeitpunkt aussuchen; to die before one’s timezu früh sterben; my time is (almost) upmeine or die Zeit ist (gleich) um
? time + come the time has come (to do something)es ist an der Zeit(, etw zu tun); the time has come for us to leavees ist Zeit für uns zu gehen; when the time comeswenn es so weit ist; when her time comes (of pregnant woman) → wenn es (mit dem Baby) so weit ist; when my time comes (= when I die)wenn meine Zeit gekommen ist; when the time comes for you to be the leaderwenn Sie an der Reihe sind, die Führung zu übernehmen
? at + timesmanchmal; at all timesjederzeit, immer; at various times in the pastschon verschiedene Male or verschiedentlich
? between times (inf)zwischendurch
? by the time by the time it had finishedals es zu Ende war; by the time we arrive, there’s not going to be anything leftbis wir ankommen, ist nichts mehr übrig
? by that time by that time we knewda or inzwischen wussten wir es; by that time we’ll knowdann or bis dahin wissen wir es
? by this timeinzwischen; by this time next year/tomorrownächstes Jahr/morgen um diese Zeit
? from time to time, (US) time to timedann und wann, von Zeit zu Zeit
? such time until such time as …so lange bis …; until such time as you apologizesolange du dich nicht entschuldigst, bis du dich entschuldigst
? time of this time of the day/yeardiese Tages-/Jahreszeit; at this time of the week/monthzu diesem Zeitpunkt der Woche/des Monats; it’s my or the time of the month (= period)ich habe meine or die Tage (inf)
? time to now’s the time to do itjetzt ist der richtige Zeitpunkt or die richtige Zeit, es zu tun; now’s my/your etc time to do itjetzt habe ich/hast du etc Gelegenheit, es zu tun
= occasion this timediesmal, dieses Mal; every or each time …jedes Mal, wenn …; many a time, many timesviele Male; many’s the time I have heard him say …ich habe ihn schon oft sagen hören; for the last timezum letzten Mal; and he’s not very bright at the best of timesund er ist ohnehin or sowieso nicht sehr intelligent; the time beforedas letzte or vorige Mal; the time before lastdas vorletzte Mal; time and (time) again, time after timeimmer wieder, wieder und wieder (geh); I’ve told you a dozen times …ich habe dir schon x-mal gesagt; nine times out of ten …neun von zehn Malen; she comes three times a weeksie kommt dreimal pro Woche or in der Woche
? at a time they came in one/three etc at a timesie kamen einzeln/immer zu dritt etc herein; four at a timevier auf einmal; for weeks at a timewochenlang
? a time (Brit) he pays me £10 a timeer zahlt mir jedes Mal £ 10; rides on the roundabout cost £2 a timeeine Fahrt auf dem Karussell kostet £ 2
? (the) next timenächstes Mal, das nächste Mal; (the) next time I see youwenn ich dich nächstes Mal or das nächste Mal sehe
? (the) last timeletztes Mal, das letzte Mal; (the) last time he was hereletztes Mal or das letzte Mal, als er hier war
Math 2 times 3 is 62 mal 3 ist 6; it was ten times as big as or ten times the size of …es war zehnmal so groß wie …; our profits are rising four times faster than our competitors’unsere Gewinne steigen viermal so schnell wie die unserer Konkurrenten
= rate Sunday is (paid) double time/time and a halfsonntags gibt es 100%/50% Zuschlag
= eraZeit f; this is the greatest problem of our timedas ist das größte Problem unserer Zeit; in my timezu meiner Zeit; it happened before my timedas war vor meiner Zeit; of all timealler Zeiten; time was when …es gab Zeiten, da …; he is ahead of his time or before his timeer ist seiner Zeit (weit) voraus; in Victorian timesim Viktorianischen Zeitalter; in olden timesin alten Zeiten; times are harddie Zeiten sind hart or schwer; when times are hardin harten or schweren Zeiten; times changedie Zeiten ändern sich; times are changinges kommen andere Zeiten; times are changing for the better/worsees kommen bessere/schlechtere Zeiten; times have changed for the better/worsedie Zeiten haben sich gebessert/verschlechtert
? the times to be behind the timesrückständig sein, hinter dem Mond leben (inf); (= be out of touch)nicht auf dem Laufenden sein; to keep up with the timesmit der Zeit gehen; (= keep in touch)auf dem Laufenden bleiben
= experience to have the time of one’s lifeeine herrliche Zeit verbringen, sich glänzend amüsieren; what a time we had or that was!das war eine Zeit!; what times we had!, what times they were!das waren (noch) Zeiten!; to have an easy/a hard timees leicht/schwer haben; we had an easy/a hard time getting to the finalses war leicht für uns/wir hatten Schwierigkeiten, in die Endrunde zu kommen; was it difficult? — no, we had an easy time (of it)war es schwierig? — nein, (es war) ganz leicht; he didn’t have an easy time of it in the operating theatreer war im Operationssaal schlimm dran; to have a bad/rough timeviel mitmachen; to give somebody a bad/rough etc time (of it)jdm das Leben schwer machen; we had such a bad time with the travel agencywir hatten solches Pech mit dem Reisebüro; the goalkeeper had a rough timeder Torwart hatte schwer zu kämpfen
? a good time we had a good timees war (sehr) schön, es hat uns (dat)gut gefallen; he doesn’t look as though he’s having a good timees scheint ihm hier nicht besonders gut zu gefallen; have a good time!viel Vergnügen or Spaß!; to show somebody a good timejdn ausführen; she’ll give you a good time for £30bei ihr kannst du dich für £ 30 amüsieren
= rhythmTakt m; (to be) in time (with)im Takt (sein) (mit); (to be) out of timeaus dem Takt (sein); you’re singing out of time (with the others)du singst nicht im Takt (mit den anderen); 3/4 timeDreivierteltakt m; to keep time (= beat time)den Takt angeben or schlagen; (= keep in time)(den) Takt halten
= choose time of to time something perfectlygenau den richtigen Zeitpunkt für etw wählen; you must learn to time your requests a little more tactfullydu musst lernen, deine Forderungen zu einem geeigneteren Zeitpunkt vorzubringen; he timed his arrival to coincide with …er legte seine Ankunft so, dass sie mit … zusammenfiel; you timed that welldu hast dir den richtigen Zeitpunkt (dafür) ausgesucht; the bomb is timed to explode at …die Bombe ist so eingestellt, dass sie um … explodiert
= measure time of with stopwatch → stoppen; speedmessen; to time somebody (over 1000 metres)jdn (auf 1000 Meter) stoppen, jds Zeit (auf or über 1000 Meter) nehmen; time how long it takes you, time yourselfsieh auf die Uhr, wie lange du brauchst; (with stopwatch) → stopp, wie lange du brauchst; to time an eggauf die Uhr sehen, wenn man ein Ei kocht; a computer that times its operatorein Computer, der die Zeit misst, die sein Operator braucht


time and motion expert
nFachmann m/Fachfrau ffür Zeitstudien, ˜ REFA-Fachmann m/-Fachfrau f
time and motion study
nZeitstudie f, → Bewegungsstudie f
time bargain
n (Brit St Ex) → Termingeschäft nt
time bomb
n (lit, fig)Zeitbombe f
time capsule
nKassette fmit Zeitdokumentationen
n (for workers) → Stechkarte f
time change
nZeitumstellung f
time check
n (general) → Zeitkontrolle f; (Rad, TV) → Zeitvergleich m
time clock
nStechuhr f
time credit
n (flex(i)time) → Zeitguthaben f
adj (Comput) applicationzeitkritisch
time debit
n (flex(i)time) → Fehlzeit f
time delay
n (gen, Telec) → Zeitverzögerung f; (in bank) → Zeitschloss nt
adj mechanism, safemit Zeitschloss
time deposit
n (Fin) → Festgeld nt, → Termingeld nt
time difference
time exposure
nLangzeitbelichtung f; (= photograph)Langzeitaufnahme f
time fault
n (Show-jumping) → Zeitfehler m
adj (Pharm) = time-release
time frame, timeframe
nZeitrahmen m, → zeitlicher Rahmen; to set a time for somethingden Zeitrahmen or zeitlichen Rahmen für etw festlegen
time fuse, (US) time fuze
nZeitzünder m
time-honoured, (US) time-honored
adjalthergebracht, altehrwürdig
n (Sport) → Zeitnehmer(in) m(f); to be a good/bad time (watch) → richtig or genau/nicht richtig gehen; (Brit: employee) → immer/nie das Zeitsoll erfüllen
n (in sports) → Zeitnahme f, → Zeitmessung f; (in factories etc) → Zeitkontrolle f; (of worker)Erfüllung fdes Zeitsolls; bad time (Brit) → ständiges Zuspätkommen
nZeitdifferenz f; (= delay)Zeitverschiebung f; cultural/technical timeUnterschied min der kulturellen/technischen Entwicklung
adj camerafür Zeitrafferaufnahmen; time photographyZeitraffertechnik f


time machine
nZeitmaschine f
time management
nZeitmanagement nt
time money
n (Fin) → Festgeld nt


n to be a timeZeit sparen
n (in novel, drama etc) → zeitlicher Rahmen; (= perception of time)Zeitmaßstab m; to think on a different timeeinen anderen Zeitbegriff haben
adj project, information, money transfers etczeitabhängig, zeitgebunden
adj apprenticeausgelernt
nOpportunist m, → Gesinnungslump m (pej inf)
nOpportunismus m, → Gesinnungslumperei f (pej inf)
nWohnung f/Haus ntetc auf Timesharingbasis
adj attr salesman, company, apartment, holidayTimesharing-; development, resortfür Timesharingurlauber; a time homeeine Wohnung/ein Haus ntauf Timesharingbasis; a time weekeine Woche auf Timesharingbasis
nTeilnehmerrechensystem nt, → Timesharing nt
time sheet
nStundenzettel m, → Arbeitszeitkontrollliste f (form)
time signal
n (Brit) → Zeitzeichen nt
time signature
nTaktvorzeichnung f
time span
nZeitspanne f
time switch
nSchaltuhr f, → Zeitschalter m
n (Transport) → Fahrplan m; (Brit Sch) → Stundenplan m; (for work) → Zeitplan m; to have a busy timeein volles Programm haben; what’s on the time?was steht auf dem Programm?
time travel
nZeitreise f, → Reise fdurch die Zeit
time traveller
nZeitreisende(r) mf
time trial
nZeitrennen nt
time unit
n (Telec) → Zeiteinheit f
time warp
n (Sci-Fi, fig) → Zeitverzerrung f; we’re entering a timewir werden in eine andere Zeit versetzt
n (pej) to be a time (activity)eine Zeitverschwendung sein; (person)seine Zeit verschwenden; calls from timesnicht ernst gemeinte Anrufe pl; “no times” (in ad) → „nur ernst gemeinte Angebote
n (Sport) → Bummelei f
nnach Zeit bezahlter Arbeiter, nach Zeit bezahlte Arbeiterin
adj stonesverwittert; (through use) → abgetreten; cliché, jokeabgedroschen
time zone
nZeitzone f
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[taɪm] n
1. (gen)
time and space → il tempo e lo spazio
how time flies → come vola il tempo!
only time will tell → si saprà solo col tempo
time is on our side → il tempo è dalla nostra
all in good time → senza fretta
to have (the) time (to do sth) → avere il tempo (di fare qc)
to find the time for reading → trovare il tempo per leggere
I've no time for them (too busy) → non ho tempo da perdere con loro (contemptuous) → non li posso soffrire
I've no time for it (fig) → non ho tempo da perdere con cose del genere
he lost no time in doing it → l'ha fatto subito senza perdere tempo
it takes time to ... → ci vuole tempo per...
to take one's time → prenderla con calma
time is money (Proverb) → il tempo è denaro
he'll do it in his own (good) time (without being hurried) → lo farà quando ha (un minuto di) tempo
he'll do it in his own time (out of working hours) → lo farà nel suo tempo libero
my time is my own → dispongo del mio tempo
b. (period of time) → tempo
a long time → molto tempo
a long time ago → molto tempo fa
a short time → poco tempo
in a short time she will have left → fra poco sarà partita
in a short time they were all gone → nel giro di poco tempo se ne erano andati tutti
a short time after → poco tempo dopo
for a time → per un po' di tempo
have you been here all this time? → sei stato qui tutto questo tempo?
for the time being → per il momento
in no time → in un attimo
in a week's time → fra una settimana
c. (moment) → momento; (period) → periodo
any time → in qualsiasi momento
come any time you like → vieni quando vuoi
any time now → da un momento all'altro
at that time → allora, a quel tempo
at the present time → al momento, adesso
at this time of the year → in questo periodo dell'anno
(by) this time next year → in questo periodo l'anno prossimo
by the time he arrived → quando è arrivato
at the same time (simultaneously) → contemporaneamente
but at the same time, I have to admit ... → tuttavia devo ammettere...
at the same time as → nello stesso momento in cui
at times → a volte
at all times → in ogni momento, sempre
from time to time → di tanto in tanto
now is the time to go to Venice → questo è il periodo or momento giusto per andare a Venezia
the time has come to leave → è arrivato il momento or l'ora di partire
this is no time for jokes → non è il momento di scherzare
this is neither the time nor the place to discuss it → non è né il luogo né il momento adatto per discuterne
d. (by clock) → ora
what time do you make it? → che ora fai?
have you got the (right) time? → hai l'ora (esatta)?
what's the time?, what time is it? → che ora è?, che ore sono?
in time (soon enough) → in tempo (after some time) → col tempo
to arrive (just) in time for dinner → arrivare (appena) in tempo per cena
on time (person) → puntuale (train) → in orario
it's time for the news (on radio) → c'è il giornale radio (on television) → c'è il telegiornale
time's up! → è (l')ora!
to be 30 minutes behind/ahead of time → avere 30 minuti di ritardo/anticipo
about time too! → era anche ora!
it was about time you had a haircut → era proprio ora che ti tagliassi i capelli
e. (era, often pl) → era; (period) → periodo, epoca
in modern times → nell'era moderna
in Elizabethan times → nel periodo elisabettiano
in my time → ai miei tempi
during my time at HarperCollins → quando ero alla HarperCollins
it was before my time → non ero ancora nata
times were hard → erano tempi duri
in times to come → nel tempo a venire
to be ahead of one's time → precorrere i tempi
to be behind the times → essere rimasto/a indietro
f. (experience) to have a good timedivertirsi
to have a bad or rough time (of it) → passarsela male
they had a hard time of it → è stata dura per loro
g. (occasion) → volta
three times → tre volte
this/next time → questa/la prossima volta
the last time I did it → l'ultima volta che l'ho fatto
time after time, time and again → mille volte
many's the time ... → più di una volta...
I remember the time when ... → ricordo ancora quando...
for weeks at a time → per settimane
to carry 3 boxes at a time → portare 3 scatole per volta
h. (Mus, Mil) → tempo
to play/march in time → suonare/marciare a tempo
to keep time → andare a tempo
to be out of time → essere or andare fuori tempo
i. (Math) 4 times 3 is 124 per or volte 3 fa 12
3 times as fast (as), 3 times faster (than) → 3 volte più veloce (di)
2. vt
a. (schedule) → programmare; (measure duration of) → calcolare la durata di; (choose time of, joke, request) to time sth well/badlyscegliere il momento più/meno opportuno per qc, fare qc al momento giusto/sbagliato
the footballer timed his shot perfectly → il giocatore ha calcolato il tiro alla perfezione
the bomb was timed to explode 5 minutes later → la bomba era stata regolata in modo da esplodere 5 minuti più tardi
b. (with stopwatch) → cronometrare
to time an egg → controllare il tempo per la cottura di un uovo
to time o.s. → prendere i propri tempi
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(taim) noun
1. the hour of the day. What time is it?; Can your child tell the time yet?
2. the passage of days, years, events etc. time and space; Time will tell.
3. a point at which, or period during which, something happens. at the time of his wedding; breakfast-time.
4. the quantity of minutes, hours, days etc, eg spent in, or available for, a particular activity etc. This won't take much time to do; I enjoyed the time I spent in Paris; At the end of the exam, the supervisor called `Your time is up!'
5. a suitable moment or period. Now is the time to ask him.
6. one of a number occasions. He's been to France four times.
7. a period characterized by a particular quality in a person's life, experience etc. He went through an unhappy time when she died; We had some good times together.
8. the speed at which a piece of music should be played; tempo. in slow time.
1. to measure the time taken by (a happening, event etc) or by (a person, in doing something). He timed the journey.
2. to choose a particular time for. You timed your arrival beautifully!
ˈtimeless adjective
1. not belonging to, or typical of, any particular time. timeless works of art.
2. never-ending. the timeless beauty of Venice.
ˈtimelessly adverb
ˈtimelessness noun
ˈtimely adjective
coming at the right moment. Your arrival was most timely.
ˈtimeliness noun
ˈtimer noun
1. a person who, or a device which, measures the time taken by anything. a three-minute egg-timer.
2. a clock-like device which sets something off or switches something on or off at a given time.
times noun plural
1. a period; an era. We live in difficult times.
2. in mathematics, used to mean multiplied by. Four times two is eight.
ˈtiming noun
1. the measuring of the amount of time taken.
2. the regulating of speech or actions to achieve the best effect. All comedians should have a good sense of timing.
time bomb
a bomb that has been set to explode at a particular time.
ˈtime-consuming adjective
taking too much time to do. a time-consuming process/job.
time limit
a fixed length of time during which something must be done and finished. The examination has a time limit of three hours.
time ˈoff noun
a period of time away from work or studying.
time ˈout noun
1. (in basketball etc) a short break requested by the coach to give instructions etc.
2. a short period of rest from an activity. to take time out to relax.
ˈtimetable noun
a list of the times of trains, school classes etc.
all in good time
soon enough.
all the time
at times
occasionally; sometimes.
be behind time
to be late.
for the time being
meanwhile. I am staying at home for the time being.
from time to time
occasionally; sometimes. From time to time he brings me a present.
in good time
early enough; before a set time (for an appointment etc). We arrived in good time for the concert.
in time
1. early enough. He arrived in time for dinner; Are we in time to catch the train?
2. (with with) at the same speed or rhythm. They marched in time with the music.
no time (at all)
a very short time indeed. The journey took no time (at all).
one/two etc at a time
singly, or in groups of two etc. They came into the room three at a time.
on time
at the right time. The train left on time.
save/waste time
to avoid spending time; to spend time unnecessarily. Take my car instead of walking, if you want to save time; We mustn't waste time discussing unimportant matters.
take one's time
to do something as slowly as one wishes.
time and (time) again
again and again; repeatedly. I asked her time and (time) again not to do that.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


وَقْت čas, doba klokken, tid Uhrzeit, Zeit χρόνος, ώρα hora, tiempo aika heure, temps vrijeme ora, tempo 時刻, 時間 시간 tijd tid czas, godzina hora, tempo время klockan, tid เวลา saat, zaman giờ, thời gian 时间
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009


n. tiempo, medida de duración;
a limited ______ limitado;
at the same ___a la vez;
at ___ sa veces;
At what ___ ?¿A qué hora?;
behind ___atrasado-a;
bleeding ______ de sangramiento;
coagulation ______ de coagulación;
for some ___por algún ___;
for the ___ beingpor el momento, por ahora;
from ___ to ___de vez en cuando;
in due ___a su debido ___;
on ___a tiempo;
perception ______ de percepción;
prothrombin ______ de protrombina;
___ exposure___ de exposición;
___ frameespacio de ___;
___ lag___ de latencia;
What ___ is it?¿Qué hora es?;
v. marcar, medir el tiempo;
to set the ___medir el tiempo.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
Collins Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009


n tiempo, vez f; (by the clock) hora; all the time..todo el tiempo...a long time..mucho tiempo...a short time..un rato, poco tiempo...at times a veces... At what time?..¿A qué hora?...four times a day..cuatro veces al día...in order to save time..para ahorrar tiempo... Our time is up..Se nos acabó el tiempo...the first time..la primera vez ...the last time..la última vez...the next time..la próxima vez...three times as high..tres veces más alto; bleeding — tiempo de sangrado, tiempo de sangría; each — o every — cada vez; free — tiempo libre; from — to — de vez en cuando; in — (eventually) con el tiempo; leisure — tiempo de ocio; partial thromboplastin — (PTT) tiempo parcial de tromboplastina (TPT); prothrombin — (PT) tiempo de protrombina (TP)
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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