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Definition 1: the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past - [noun denoting tops]

Samples where time or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he waited for along time
  • it took some time before he got an answer
  • time flies like an arrow

(time is a kind of ...) an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

(... is a kind of time ) the property of enduring or continuing in time

(... is a kind of time ) the local time at the 0 meridian passing through Greenwich, England; it is the same everywhere

(... is a kind of time ) a continuous nonspatial whole or extent or succession in which no part or portion is distinct or distinguishable from adjacent parts

(... is a kind of time ) (music) the beat of musical rhythm

(... is a kind of time ) the time yet to come

(... is a kind of time ) the time that has elapsed

"forget the past"

(... is a kind of time ) 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"

(... is a kind of 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

(... is a kind of time ) the official time in a local region (adjusted for location around the Earth); established by law or custom

(... is a kind of time ) the time covered by the physical formation and development of the universe

(... is a kind of time ) the time of various biological processes

(... is a kind of time ) the time of the physical formation and development of the earth (especially prior to human history)

(... is a kind of time ) time without end

Definition 2: rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for time in the sense of this definition

(time is a kind of ...) the rhythmic property imparted by the accents and relative durations of notes in a piece of music

Definition 3: an instance or single occasion for some event - [noun denoting event]

Samples where time or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for time in the sense of this definition

(time is a kind of ...) 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"

Definition 4: a person's experience on a particular occasion - [noun denoting event]

Samples where time or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(time is a kind of ...) an event as apprehended

"a surprising experience" "that painful experience certainly got our attention"

Definition 5: an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities) - [noun denoting time]

Samples where time or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the time of year for planting
  • he was a great actor in his time

(time is a kind of ...) an amount of time

"a time period of 30 years" "hastened the period of time of his recovery" "Picasso's blue period"

(... is a kind of time ) something transitory; lasting a day

(... is a kind of time ) an indefinitely short time

"wait just a moment" "in a mo" "it only takes a minute" "in just a bit"

(... is a kind of time ) 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"

(... is a kind of time ) a short time

"bide a wee"

(... is a kind of time ) time passed in a particular bodily form

"he believes that his life will be better in his next incarnation"

(... is a kind of time ) a time of difficulty

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

"the dead of winter"

(... is a kind of time ) 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"

(... is a kind of time ) the age beginning with the first space travel; from 1957 to the present

Definition 6: the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned - [noun denoting time]

Samples where time or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he served a prison term of 15 months
  • his sentence was 5 to 10 years
  • he is doing time in the county jail

Synonyms for time in the sense of this definition

(time is a kind of ...) a limited period of time

"a prison term" "he left school before the end of term"

(... is a kind of time ) a term served in a maximum security prison

(... is a kind of time ) a prison term lasting as long as the prisoner lives

"he got life for killing the guard"

Definition 7: a reading of a point in time as given by a clock - [noun denoting time]

Samples where time or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • do you know what time it is?
  • the time is 10 o'clock

Synonyms for time in the sense of this definition

(time is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of time ) the clock time given by a clock carried on board a spacecraft

(... is a kind of time ) the hours between 7 and 11 p.m. when the largest tv audience is available

(... is a kind of time ) clock time

"the hour is getting late"

(... are attributes of time) before noon

(... are attributes of time) after noon

Definition 8: the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event - [noun denoting time]

Synonyms for time in the sense of this definition

(time is a kind of ...) the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height)

Definition 9: a period of time considered as a resource under your control and sufficient to accomplish something - [noun denoting time]

Samples where time or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • take time to smell the roses
  • I didn't have time to finish
  • it took more than half my time
  • he waited for a long time

(time is a kind of ...) an amount of time

"a time period of 30 years" "hastened the period of time of his recovery" "Picasso's blue period"

Definition 10: a suitable moment - [noun denoting time]

Samples where time or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it is time to go

(time is a kind of ...) a particular point in time

"the moment he arrived the party began"

(... is a kind of time ) the latest possible moment

"it is high time you went to work"

(... is a kind of time ) the time of a particular event

"on the occasion of his 60th birthday"

Definition 11: measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time - [verb of change]

Samples where time or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he clocked the runners

Synonyms for time in the sense of this definition

(time is a kind of ...) express as a number or measure or quantity

"Can you quantify your results?"

(... is a kind of time ) time incorrectly

"She mistimed the marathon runner"

Definition 12: regulate or set the time of - [verb of change]

Samples where time or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • time the clock

(time is a kind of ...) alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

"Adjust the clock, please" "correct the alignment of the front wheels"

Definition 13: adjust so that a force is applied and an action occurs at the desired time - [verb of change]

Samples where time or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The good player times his swing so as to hit the ball squarely

(time is a kind of ...) alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

"Adjust the clock, please" "correct the alignment of the front wheels"

Definition 14: assign a time for an activity or event - [verb of cognition]

Samples where time or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The candidate carefully timed his appearance at the disaster scene

(time is a kind of ...) plan for an activity or event

"I've scheduled a concert next week"

Definition 15: set the speed, duration, or execution of - [verb of cognition]

Samples where time or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely

(time is a kind of ...) shape or influence; give direction to

"experience often determines ability" "mold public opinion"

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