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times Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a more or less definite period of time now or previously present
    • it was a sign of the times
  2. noun an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of division; the product of two numbers is computed
    • the multiplication of four by three gives twelve
    • four times three equals twelve
  3. noun an instance or single occasion for some event
    clip; time.
    • this time he succeeded
    • he called four times
    • he could do ten at a clip
  4. noun 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
  5. noun 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
  6. noun a suitable moment
    • it is time to go
  7. noun the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
  8. noun a person's experience on a particular occasion
    • he had a time holding back the tears
    • they had a good time together
  9. noun a reading of a point in time as given by a clock
    clock time; time.
    • do you know what time it is?
    • the time is 10 o'clock
  10. noun the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event
    fourth dimension; time.
  11. noun rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration
    metre; meter; time.
  12. noun the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned
    prison term; time; sentence.
    • he served a prison term of 15 months
    • his sentence was 5 to 10 years
    • he is doing time in the county jail
  13. verb measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time
    time; clock.
    • he clocked the runners
  14. verb assign a time for an activity or event
    • The candidate carefully timed his appearance at the disaster scene
  15. verb set the speed, duration, or execution of
    • we time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely
  16. verb regulate or set the time of
    • time the clock
  17. verb 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

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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