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time

  

      n  
1   
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         Related adj       temporal  
2      (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 (see caesium clock, second2 (sense 1)). 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       space-time continuum  
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     
5   
a    a definite and measurable portion of this continuum  
b    (as modifier)  
time limit     
6   
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 pl   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    pl   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    often pl   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    Informal   a term in jail (esp. in the phrase do time)  
21   
a    a customary or full period of work  
b    the rate of pay for this period  
22      (Also (esp. U.S.))    metre  
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)      short for       time value  
24      (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    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       gain   1       9  
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    in time  
a    early or at the appointed time  
b    eventually  
c      (Music)   at a correct metrical or rhythmic pulse  
42    keep time   to observe correctly the accent or rhythmic pulse of a piece of music in relation to tempo  
43    lose time   (of a timepiece) to operate too slowly  
44    lose no time   to do something without delay  
45    make time  
a    to find an opportunity  
b    often foll by: with     (U.S.)  
informal   to succeed in seducing  
46       See       mark       35  
47    in the nick of time   at the last possible moment; at the critical moment  
48    on time  
a    at the expected or scheduled time  
b      (U.S.)   payable in instalments  
49    pass the time of day   to exchange casual greetings (with an acquaintance)  
50      (Scot)   alternately; turn and turn about  
51    time and again   frequently  
52    time off   a period when one is absent from work for a holiday, through sickness, etc.  
53    time on      the Austral. equivalent of       extra time  
54    time out of mind   from time immemorial  
55    time of one's life   a memorably enjoyable time  
56    modifier   operating automatically at or for a set time, for security or convenience  
time lock, time switch     
      vb   tr  
57    to ascertain or calculate the duration or speed of  
58    to set a time for  
59    to adjust to keep accurate time  
60    to pick a suitable time for  
61      (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  
      interj  
62    the word called out by a publican signalling that it is closing time  
     (Old English tima; related to Old English tid time, Old Norse timi, Alemannic zime; see tide1)  


access time  
      n     (Computing)   the time required to retrieve a piece of stored information  
African time  
      n     (S. African)  
slang   unpunctuality  
all-time  
      adj   prenominal  
Informal   unsurpassed in some respect at a particular time  
an all-time record     
asymmetric time  
      n   musical time consisting of an odd number of beats in each bar divided into uneven combinations, such as 3 + 2, 4 + 3, 2 + 3 + 2, etc.  
Atlantic Standard Time  
      n   the local time used in eastern Canada, four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time,   (Abbrev.)    AST  
big time  
      n  
Informal  
a    the. the highest or most profitable level of an occupation or profession, esp. the entertainment business  
b    (as modifier)  
a big-time comedian     
  big-timer      n  
British Standard Time  
      n   the standard time used in Britain all the year round from 1968 to 1971, set one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and equalling Central European Time  
British Summer Time  
      n   time set one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time: used in Britain from the end of March to the end of October, providing an extra hour of daylight in the evening,   (Abbrev)    BST      Compare       daylight-saving time  
Central European Time  
      n   the standard time adopted by Western European countries one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, corresponding to British Summer Time,   (Abbrev.)    CET  
Central Standard Time  
      n   one of the standard times used in North America, based on the local time of the 90° meridian, six hours behind Greenwich Mean Time,   (Abbrev.)    CST  
closing time  
      n   the time at which pubs must legally stop selling alcoholic drinks  
common time  
      n     (Music)   a time signature indicating four crotchet beats to the bar; four-four time.,   (Symbol)    C  
compound time  
      n      See       compound       16  
core time  
      n      See       flexitime  
daylight-saving time  
      n   time set usually one hour ahead of the local standard time, widely adopted in the summer to provide extra daylight in the evening,   (Also called (in the U.S.))    daylight time     (See also)        British Summer Time  
dead time  
      n     (Electronics)   the interval of time immediately following a stimulus, during which an electrical device, component, etc., is insensitive to a further stimulus  
double time  
      n  
1    a doubled wage rate, paid for working on public holidays, etc.  
2      (Music)  
a    a time twice as fast as an earlier section  
b    two beats per bar  
3    a slow running pace, keeping in step  
4      (U.S. army)   a fast march of 180 paces to the minute  
      vb  
  double-time  
5    to move or cause to move in double time  
drinking-up time  
      n   (in Britain) a short time allowed for finishing drinks before closing time in a public house  
drive-time  
      n  
a    the time of day when many people are driving to or from work, regarded as a broadcasting slot  
b    (as modifier)  
the daily drive-time show     
duple time  
      n   musical time with two beats in each bar  
Eastern Standard Time  
      n   one of the standard times used in North America, five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time,   (Abbrev.)    EST  
ephemeris time  
      n   time that is based on the orbit of the earth around the sun rather than the axial rotation of the earth, one ephemeris second being 1/31556925.9747 of the tropical year 1900. It was used from 1960 to 1983 as an astronomical timescale but has been replaced by terrestrial dynamical time and barycentric dynamic time  
   See       TDT       TDB  
equation of time  
      n   the difference between apparent solar time and mean solar time, being at a maximum in February (over 14 minutes) and November (over 16 minutes)  
extra time  
      n     (Sport)   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  
Father Time  
      n   time personified as an old bearded man, usually carrying a scythe and an hourglass  
four-four time  
      n     (Music)   a form of simple quadruple time in which there are four crotchets to the bar, indicated by the time signature <time44>,   (Often shortened to)    four-four     (Also called)    common time  
full time  
      n   the end of a football or other match  
   Compare       half-time  
full-time  
      adj  
1    for the entire time appropriate to an activity  
a full-time job, a full-time student     
      adv  
  full time  
2    on a full-time basis  
he works full time        (Compare)        part-time  
  full-timer      n  
glide time  
      n      the New Zealand term for       flexitime  
good-time  
      adj   (of a person) wildly seeking pleasure  
Greenwich Mean Time   , Greenwich Time  
      n   mean solar time on the 0° meridian passing through Greenwich, England, measured from midnight: formerly a standard time in Britain and a basis for calculating times throughout most of the world, it has been replaced by an atomic timescale  
   See       universal time     (Abbrev.)    GMT  
The name Greenwich mean time is ambiguous, having been measured from mean midday in astronomy up to 1925, and is not used for scientific purposes. It is generally and incorrectly used in the sense of coordinated universal time, an atomic timescale available since 1972 from broadcast signals, in addition to the earliest sense of universal time, adopted internationally in 1928 as the name for GMT measured from midnight  
half-time  
      n     (Sport)  
a    a rest period between the two halves of a game  
b    (as modifier)  
the half-time score     
high time   Informal  
      adv  
1    the latest possible time; a time that is almost too late  
it's high time you mended this shelf     
      n  
2      (Also called)    high old time   an enjoyable and exciting time  
idle time  
      n     (Commerce)   time during which a machine or a worker could be working but is not, as when one job has been completed and tooling or materials for the next are not complete or available  
   Compare       downtime  
injury time  
      n     (Soccer, rugby, etc.)   extra playing time added on to compensate for time spent attending to injured players during the match,   (Also called)    stoppage time  
International Atomic Time  
      n   the scientific standard of time based on the SI unit, the second, used by means of atomic clocks and satellites to synchronize the time standards of the major nations,   (Abbrev.)    TAI  
just-in-time  
      adj   denoting or relating to an industrial method in which waste of resources is eliminated or reduced by producing production-line components, etc., as they are required, rather than holding large stocks,   (Abbrev.)    JIT  
kill-time  
      n  
a    an occupation that passes the time  
b    (as modifier)  
kill-time pursuits     
latent time  
      n     (Psychol)   the time from the onset of a stimulus to that of the response,   (Also called)    latency, reaction time  
lead time  
      n  
1      (Manufacturing)   the time between the design of a product and its production  
2      (Commerce)   the time from the placing of an order to the delivery of the goods  
lighting-up time  
      n   the time when vehicles are required by law to have their lights switched on  
local time  
      n   the time in a particular region or area expressed with reference to the meridian passing through it  
mean time   , mean solar time  
      n   the time, at a particular place, measured in terms of the passage of the mean sun; the timescale is not precisely constant  
   See       mean solar day  
Minkowski space-time  
      n   a four-dimensional space in which three coordinates specify the position of a point in space and the fourth represents the time at which an event occurred at that point  
     (C20: named after Hermann Minkowski)  
Mountain Standard Time  
      n   one of the standard times used in North America, seven hours behind Greenwich Mean Time,   (Abbrev.)    MST  
needle time  
      n   the limited time allocated by a radio channel to the broadcasting of music from records  
night-time  
      n  
a    the time from sunset to sunrise; night as distinct from day  
b    (as modifier)  
a night-time prowler     
old-time  
      adj   prenominal   of or relating to a former time; old-fashioned  
old-time dancing     
old-time dance  
      n     (Brit)   a formal or formation dance, such as the lancers  
  old-time dancing      n  
one-time  
      adj  
1    prenominal   at some time in the past; former  
      adv  
2      (Caribbean)  
informal   at once  
opening time  
      n     (Brit)   the time at which public houses can legally start selling alcoholic drinks  
Pacific Standard Time  
      n   one of the standard times used in North America, based on the local time of the 120° meridian, eight hours behind Greenwich Mean Time,   (Abbrev.)    PST  
part-time  
      adj  
1    for less than the entire time appropriate to an activity  
a part-time job, a part-time waitress     
      adv  
  part time  
2    on a part-time basis  
he works part time        (Compare)        full-time  
  part-timer      n  
prime time  
      n  
1    the peak viewing time on television, for which advertising rates are the highest  
      adj  
  primetime  
2    occurring during or designed for prime time  
a primetime drama     
quadruple time  
      n   musical time in which there are four beats in each bar  
question time  
      n   (in parliamentary bodies of the British type) a period of time set aside each day for members to question government ministers  
quick time  
      n     (Military)   the normal marching rate of 120 paces to the minute  
   Compare       double time       3, 4  
reaction time  
      n     (Physiol)      another name for       latent time  
real-time  
      adj   denoting or relating to a data-processing system in which a computer receives constantly changing data, such as information relating to air-traffic control, travel booking systems, etc., and processes it sufficiently rapidly to be able to control the source of the data  
response time  
      n     (Computing)   the length of time taken by a system to respond to an instruction  
reverberation time  
      n   a measure of the acoustic properties of a room, equal to the time taken for a sound to fall in intensity by 60 decibels. It is usually measured in seconds  
run time  
      n     (Computing)   the time during which a computer program is executed  
short time   , short-time working  
      n   a system of working, usually for a temporary period, when employees are required to work and be paid for fewer than their normal hours per week due to a shortage of work  
sidereal time  
      n   time based upon the rotation of the earth with respect to a particular star, the sidereal day being the unit of measurement  
six-eight time  
      n     (Music)   a form of compound duple time in which there are six quaver beats to the bar, indicated by the time signature <time68>,   (Often shortened to)    six-eight  
slow time  
      n     (Military)   a slow marching pace, usually 65 or 75 paces to the minute: used esp. in funeral ceremonies  
small-time  
      adj  
Informal   insignificant; minor  
a small-time criminal     
  small-timer      n  
space-time   , space-time continuum  
      n     (Physics)   the four-dimensional continuum having three spatial coordinates and one time coordinate that together completely specify the location of a particle or an event  
standard time  
      n   the official local time of a region or country determined by the distance from Greenwich of a line of longitude passing through the area  
stoppage time  
      n     (Soccer, rugby, etc.)      another name for       injury time  
stop time  
      n     (Jazz)   a passage where the beat stops temporarily  
summer time  
      n     (Brit)   any daylight-saving time, esp. British Summer Time  
three-four time  
      n     (Music)   a form of simple triple time in which there are three crotchet beats to the bar, indicated by the time signature <time34>,   (Often shortened to)    three-four     (Also called (esp. U.S. and Canadian))    three-quarter time  
time and a half  
      n   the rate of pay equalling one and a half times the normal rate, often offered for overtime work  
time and motion study  
      n   the analysis of industrial or work procedures to determine the most efficient methods of operation,   (Also)    time and motion, time study, motion study  
time bomb  
      n   a bomb containing a timing mechanism that determines the time at which it will detonate  
time capsule  
      n   a container holding articles, documents, etc., representative of the current age, buried in the earth or in the foundations of a new building for discovery in the future  
time charter  
      n   the hire of a ship or aircraft for a specified period  
   Compare       voyage charter  
time clock  
      n   a clock which records, by punching or stamping cards inserted into it, the time of arrival or departure of people, such as employees in a factory  
time code  
      n   (on video or audio tape) a separate track on which time references are continually recorded in digital form as an aid to editing  
time constant  
      n     (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-consuming  
      adj   taking up or involving a great deal of time  
time deposit  
      n   a bank deposit from which withdrawals may be made only after advance notice or at a specified future date  
   Compare       demand deposit  
time dilation   , dilatation  
      n   the principle predicted by relativity that time intervals between events in a system have larger values measured by an observer moving with respect to the system than those measured by an observer at rest with respect to it  
time-division multiplex  
      n      See       multiplex       1  
time exposure  
      n  
1    an exposure of a photographic film for a relatively long period, usually a few seconds  
2    a photograph produced by such an exposure  
time-honoured  
      adj   having been observed for a long time and sanctioned by custom  
time immemorial  
      n  
1    the distant past beyond memory or record  
2      (Law)   time beyond legal memory, fixed by English statute as before the reign of Richard I (1189)  
time-lag  
      n   an interval between two connected events  
time-lapse photography  
      n   the technique of recording a very slow process, such as the withering of a flower, by taking a large number of photographs on a strip of film at regular intervals. The film is then projected at normal speed  
time loan  
      n   a loan repayable before or at a specified future date  
   Compare       call loan  
time machine  
      n   (in science fiction) a machine in which people or objects can be transported into the past or the future  
time-out  
      n  
1      (Sport)   an interruption in play during which players rest, discuss tactics, or make substitutions  
2    a break taken during working hours  
3      (Computing)   a condition occurring when the amount of time a computer has been instructed to wait for another device to perform a task has expired, usually indicated by an error message  
      vb   intr  
  time out  
4    (of a computer) to stop operating because of a time-out  
time-saving  
      adj   shortening the length of time required for an operation, activity, etc.  
  time-saver      n  
time series  
      n     (Statistics)   a series of values of a variable taken in successive periods of time  
time-served  
      adj   (of a craftsman or tradesman) having completed an apprenticeship; fully trained and competent  
a time-served mechanic     
time-share  
      adj   denoting, relating to, or forming part of time sharing of property  
time-share villas     
time sharing  
      n  
1   
a    a system of part ownership of a property, such as a flat or villa, for use as a holiday home, whereby each participant buys the right to use the property for the same fixed period annually  
b    (as modifier)  
a time-sharing system     
2   
a    a system by which users at different terminals of a computer can, because of its high speed, apparently communicate with it at the same time  
   Compare       batch processing  
b    (as modifier)  
a time-sharing computer     
time sheet  
      n   a card on which are recorded the hours spent working by an employee or employees  
time signal  
      n   an announcement of the correct time, esp. on radio or television  
time signature  
      n     (Music)   a sign usually consisting of two figures, one above the other, the upper figure representing the number of beats per bar and the lower one the time value of each beat. This sign is placed after the key signature at the outset of a piece or section of a piece  
time study  
      n      short for       time and motion study  
time switch  
      n   an electric switch that can be set to operate an appliance, such as a light or an oven, at a particular time  
time trial  
      n   (esp. in cycling) a race in which the competitors compete against the clock over a specified course  
  time-trialling      n  
time value  
      n     (Music)   the duration of a given printed note relative to other notes in a composition or section and considered in relation to the basic tempo,   (Often shortened to)    time     (Also called)    note value, time  
time warp  
      n  
1    any distortion of space-time  
2    a hypothetical distortion of time in which people and events from one age can be imagined to exist in another age  
3    Informal   an illusion in which time appears to stand still  
he is living in a time warp     
time zone  
      n   a region throughout which the same standard time is used. There are 24 time zones in the world, demarcated approximately by meridians at 15° intervals, an hour apart  
   See also       zonetime  
triple time  
      n   musical time with three beats in each bar  
true time  
      n   the time shown by a sundial; solar time. When the sun is at the highest point in its daily path, the true time is exactly noon  
   Compare       mean time  
turnaround time  
      n     (Computing)   the total time taken between the submission of a program for execution and the return of the complete output to the customer  
two-four time  
      n     (Music)   a form of simple duple time in which there are two crotchet beats in each bar  
two-time  
      vb  
Informal   to deceive (someone, esp. a lover) by carrying on a relationship with another  
  two-timer      n  
universal time  
      n  
1    (from 1928) name adopted internationally for Greenwich Mean Time (measured from Greenwich midnight), now split into several slightly different scales, one of which (UT1) is used by astronomers,   (Abbrev.)    UT  
2      (Also called)    universal coordinated time   an internationally agreed system for civil timekeeping introduced in 1960 and redefined in 1972 as an atomic timescale. Available from broadcast signals, it has a second equal to the International Atomic Time (TAI) second, the difference between UTC and TAI being an integral number of seconds with leap seconds inserted when necessary to keep it within 0.9 seconds of UT1,   (Abbrev.)    UTC  
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n.
fear of running out of things to read
[Psych.]
exp.
expression used to describe something working fine, good or excellent
n.
When men have quality time together, and do "guy" things.
[Slang] related to bro-mance
n.
When men have quality time together, and do "guy" things
v.
1. perdre du temps 2. passer le temps ; tuer le temps
exp.
a difficult time
exp.
spend time and energy doing something that is pointless
expression arisen in the 15th century when Newcastle (England) was a major exporter of coal
v.
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
exp.
have a great time; enjoy oneself
exp.
means "that's just the way it is"
c'est comme ça, point barre
exp.
When something is 'in the air', it means something exciting or significant is taking place or about to happen. Ex.: Spring is in the air - it's time for change!
n.
Materialistic concept neonewtonist. In its measures, this variation of length of traveled route (by unit of time) by a group of photons ( φ is the initial of photons) - the light signal - is equal to what is collectively called " radial velocity". It distinguishes itself from it in its gnoseology.
Phys. Concept before 2007 The redshift indicates the phi-speed of a star. But do not give the immediate knowledge of its absolute speed.
id.
expression referring to the belief that those who hold the power are entitled to anything
adj.
the decision is yours
n.
a woman, generally in her twenties, who shows she is having a good time with her friends by shooting "WOO" ("HOO") usually in unison with other woo girls
[Fam.]
exp.
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
n.
1. [Rel.] expression used to describe metaphorically a period of ignorance and spiritual crisis that precedes the communion with Divinity ; 2. in a larger meaning, it is used when refering to having a hard time, going through a phase of pessimism, sadness, failure etc.
exp.
something is easy to do
exp.
It is healthy to laugh
[US]
n.
charver is another word for chav
If you lived in Newcastle you would know it. Common in NE England
n.
grunt work is hard, uninteresting work
US informal
exp.
home is the best place to be no matter where it is
exp.
he is a very good seller
n.
to release sth that is tied up
exp.
expression used when nothing is going well
n.
free time spent taking care also of work-related tasks
formed based on "work" and "leisure"
exp.
let the time go by without doing something important, relax, waste time
E.g.: It was a quite evening: we sat around chatting and watching TV.
exp.
acronyme de "there is no alternative"
phrase chère jadis à Mme THATCHER reprise au G20 de novembre 2011 contre le Premier ministre grec et son référendum
exp.
Used to express that it is impossible to decide between two options because they're equal
English expression

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