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    1. A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.
    2. An interval separating two points on this continuum; a duration: a long time since the last war; passed the time reading.
    3. A number, as of years, days, or minutes, representing such an interval: ran the course in a time just under four minutes.
    4. 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.
    5. A system by which such intervals are measured or such numbers are reckoned: solar time.
    1. 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.
    2. times The present with respect to prevailing conditions and trends: You must change with the times.
  1. A suitable or opportune moment or season: a time for taking stock of one's life.
    1. Periods or a period designated for a given activity: harvest time; time for bed.
    2. Periods or a period necessary or available for a given activity: I have no time for golf.
    3. A period at one's disposal: Do you have time for a chat?
  2. An appointed or fated moment, especially of death or giving birth: He died before his time. Her time is near.
    1. One of several instances: knocked three times; addressed Congress for the last time before retirement.
    2. 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.
    1. One's lifetime.
    2. One's period of greatest activity or engagement.
    3. A person's experience during a specific period or on a certain occasion: had a good time at the party.
    1. A period of military service.
    2. A period of apprenticeship.
    3. Informal A prison sentence.
    1. The customary period of work: hired for full time.
    2. The period spent working.
    3. The hourly pay rate: earned double time on Sundays.
  3. The period during which a radio or television program or commercial is broadcast: "There's television time to buy" (Brad Goldstein).
  4. The rate of speed of a measured activity: marching in double time.
  5. Music
    1. The meter of a musical pattern: three-quarter time.
    2. The rate of speed at which a piece of music is played; the tempo.
  6. Chiefly British The hour at which a pub closes.
  7. 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.
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.

against time
With a quickly approaching time limit: worked against time to deliver the manuscript before the deadline.
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
    1. In the proper tempo.
    2. 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 tma; see d- in Indo-European roots

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