Time Definition

Define what is Time?

1. time, clip (noun)

an instance or single occasion for some event.

  • this time he succeeded.
  • he called four times.
  • he could do ten at a clip.
Synonyms: clip

case, instance, example noun
an occurrence of something.

2. clock, time (verb)

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.
Synonyms: clock

measure, quantify verb
express as a number or measure or quantity.


mistime verb
time incorrectly.

3. time (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.

period, period of time, time period noun
an amount of time.

4. time (verb)

assign a time for an activity or event.

  • The candidate carefully timed his appearance at the disaster scene.

schedule verb
plan for an activity or event.

5. time (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.

period, period of time, time period noun
an amount of time.


Day noun
some point or period in time.

dead noun
a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense.

hard times noun
a time of difficulty.

Incarnation noun
time passed in a particular bodily form.

wee noun
a short time.

while, spell, patch, piece noun
a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition.

MO, minute, moment, second, bit noun
an indefinitely short time.

ephemera noun
something transitory; lasting a day.

space age noun
the age beginning with the first space travel; from 1957 to the present.

6. time (verb)

set the speed, duration, or execution of.

  • we time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely.

SHAPE, determine, influence, regulate, mold verb
shape or influence; give direction to.

7. time (noun)

a suitable moment.

  • it is time to go.

moment, instant, minute, second noun
a particular point in time.


high time noun
the latest possible moment.

occasion noun
the time of a particular event.

8. time (verb)

regulate or set the time of.

  • time the clock.

adjust, correct, Set verb
alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard.

9. time (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.

adjust, correct, Set verb
alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard.

10. time (noun)

the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past.


    attribute noun
    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity.


    geologic time, geological time noun
    the time of the physical formation and development of the earth (especially prior to human history).

    biological time noun
    the time of various biological processes.

    cosmic time noun
    the time covered by the physical formation and development of the universe.

    civil time, local time, standard time noun
    the official time in a local region (adjusted for location around the Earth); established by law or custom.

    daylight-saving time, daylight-savings time, daylight saving, daylight savings noun
    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 noun
    the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech.

    past, past times, yesteryear noun
    the time that has elapsed.

    future, futurity, time to come, hereafter noun
    the time yet to come.

    musical time noun
    (music) the beat of musical rhythm.

    continuum noun
    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 noun
    the local time at the 0 meridian passing through Greenwich, England; it is the same everywhere.

    duration, continuance noun
    the property of enduring or continuing in time.

    eternity, infinity noun
    time without end.

    11. time (noun)

    a person's experience on a particular occasion.

    • he had a time holding back the tears.
    • they had a good time together.

    experience noun
    an event as apprehended.

    12. clock time, time (noun)

    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.
    Synonyms: clock time

    meter reading, Reading, indication noun
    a datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument.


    SCLK, spacecraft clock time noun
    the clock time given by a clock carried on board a spacecraft.

    prime time noun
    the hours between 7 and 11 p.m. when the largest tv audience is available.

    time of day, hour noun
    clock time.

    13. fourth dimension, time (noun)

    the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event.


      dimension noun
      the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height).

      14. metre, meter, time (noun)

      rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration.

        Synonyms: metre, meter

        rhythmicity noun
        the rhythmic property imparted by the accents and relative durations of notes in a piece of music.

        15. prison term, sentence, time (noun)

        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 noun
        a limited period of time.


        hard time noun
        a term served in a maximum security prison.

        life sentence, life noun
        a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives.

        Nearby Terms

        time and a half (noun)
        a rate of pay that is 1.5 times the regular rate; for overtime work

        time and again (adverb)

        time and motion study (noun)
        an analysis of a specific job in an effort to find the most efficient method in terms of time and effort

        time and time again (adverb)

        time being (noun)
        the present occasion

        time bill (noun)
        a draft payable at a specified future date

        time bomb (noun)
        a problematic situation that will eventually become dangerous if not addressed

        time capsule (noun)
        container for preserving historical records to be discovered at some future time

        time clock (noun)
        clock used to record the hours that people work

        time constant (noun)
        (electronics) the time required for the current or voltage in a circuit to rise or fall exponentially through approximately 63 per cent of its amplitude

        time deposit (noun)
        a certificate of deposit from which withdrawals can be made only after advance notice or at a specified future date

        time deposit account (noun)
        a savings account in which the deposit is held for a fixed term or in which withdrawals can be made only after giving notice or with loss of interest

        time draft (noun)
        a draft payable at a specified future date

        time exposure (noun)
        a photograph produced with a relatively long exposure time

        time frame (noun)
        a time period during which something occurs or is expected to occur