• The inevitable progression into the future with the passing of present and past events.
  • A duration of time.
  • An instant of time.
  • The measurement under some system of region of day or moment.
  • Ratio of comparison.
  • Tense.
  • The measured duration of sounds; measure; tempo; rate of movement; rhythmical division.


  • To measure or record the time, duration, or rate of.
  • To choose when something begins or how long it lasts.
  • To keep or beat time; to proceed or move in time.
  • To pass time; to delay.
  • To regulate as to time; to accompany, or agree with, in time of movement.
  • To measure, as in music or harmony.


  • The umpire's call in prizefights, etc.
  • A call by a bartender to warn patrons that the establishment is closing and no more drinks will be served.


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  • From Middle English tyme, time, from Old English tīma ("time, period, space of time, season, lifetime, fixed time, favourable time, opportunity"), from Proto-Germanic *tīmô ("time"), from Proto-Indo-European *deh₂imō, from Proto-Indo-European *deh₂y- ("to divide"). Cognate with Scots tym, tyme, Alemannic German Zimen, Zimmän, Danish time ("hour, lesson"), Swedish timme ("hour"), Norwegian time ("time, hour"), Faroese tími ("hour, lesson, time"), Icelandic tími ("time, season"). Related to tide. Not related to Latin tempus.

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