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Definitions

  • Map of Nubia in the Time Of The Memphite Empire
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v time 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"
    • v time regulate or set the time of "time the clock"
    • v time 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"
    • v time assign a time for an activity or event "The candidate carefully timed his appearance at the disaster scene"
    • v time set the speed, duration, or execution of "we time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely"
    • n time the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
    • n time rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration
    • n time a person's experience on a particular occasion "he had a time holding back the tears","they had a good time together"
    • n time an instance or single occasion for some event "this time he succeeded","he called four times","he could do ten at a clip"
    • n time 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"
    • n time 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"
    • n time the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event
    • n time 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"
    • n time a suitable moment "it is time to go"
    • n time 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

First time in two weeks First time in two weeks
Coughs up a Tip Every Time 143 Coughs up a Tip Every Time 143
AN INOPPORTUNE TIME AN INOPPORTUNE TIME
FEEDING TIME OF THE PIGEONS, FOWLS, AND TURKEYS FEEDING TIME OF THE PIGEONS, FOWLS, AND TURKEYS
ABBEY of LAACH in the Olden Time ABBEY of LAACH in the Olden Time
THE THAMES ESTUARY IN WAR-TIME THE THAMES ESTUARY IN WAR-TIME
Please, Sirr, what time wull it be Please, Sirr, what time wull it be
Time Flies Time Flies

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a lifetime, the average driver will honk 15,250 times
    • Time A particular period or part of duration, whether past, present, or future; a point or portion of duration; as, the time was, or has been; the time is, or will be. "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets."
    • Time A proper time; a season; an opportunity. "There is . . . a time to every purpose.""The time of figs was not yet."
    • Time Duration, considered independently of any system of measurement or any employment of terms which designate limited portions thereof. "The time wasteth [i. e. passes away] night and day.""I know of no ideas . . . that have a better claim to be accounted simple and original than those of space and time ."
    • Time Hour of travail, delivery, or parturition. "She was within one month of her time ."
    • Time Performance or occurrence of an action or event, considered with reference to repetition; addition of a number to itself; repetition; as, to double cloth four times; four times four, or sixteen. "Summers three times eight save one."
    • Time (Gram) Tense.
    • Time The duration of one's life; the hours and days which a person has at his disposal. "Believe me, your time is not your own; it belongs to God, to religion, to mankind."
    • Time (Mus) The measured duration of sounds; measure; tempo; rate of movement; rhythmical division; as, common or triple time; the musician keeps good time . "Some few lines set unto a solemn time ."
    • Time The period at which any definite event occurred, or person lived; age; period; era; as, the Spanish Armada was destroyed in the time of Queen Elizabeth; -- often in the plural; as, ancient times; modern times.
    • Time The present life; existence in this world as contrasted with immortal life; definite, as contrasted with infinite, duration. "Till time and sin together cease."
    • Time To appoint the time for; to bring, begin, or perform at the proper season or time; as, he timed his appearance rightly. "There is no greater wisdom than well to time the beginnings and onsets of things."
    • Time To ascertain or record the time, duration, or rate of; as, to time the speed of horses, or hours for workmen.
    • Time To keep or beat time; to proceed or move in time. "With oar strokes timing to their song."
    • Time To measure, as in music or harmony.
    • Time To pass time; to delay.
    • Time To regulate as to time; to accompany, or agree with, in time of movement. "Who overlooked the oars, and timed the stroke.""He was a thing of blood, whose every motion
      Was timed with dying cries."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Taipan snakes have 50 times more toxic than a cobra snake
    • n Time tīm a point at which, or period during which, things happen: a season or proper time: an opportunity: absolute duration: an interval: past time: the duration of one's life: allotted period: repetition of anything or mention with reference to repetition: musical measure, or rate of movement: a measured interval in verse:
    • v.t Time to do at the proper season: to regulate as to time:
    • v.i Time to keep or beat time
    • adv Time early, soon
    • n Time mean compliance with the spirit of the times or with present power
    • n Time tīm (gram.) the relation of a verb with regard to tense: the umpire's call in prize-fights, &c.: hour of travail: the state of things at any period, usually in pl.: the history of the world, as opposed to eternity: addition of a thing to itself
    • v.t Time (mus.) to measure
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you have a choice between certainty and hope, choose certainty every time.”
  • Malcolm S. Forbes
    Malcolm%20S.%20Forbes
    “By the time we've made it, we've had it.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.”
  • Tatyana Tolstaya
    Tatyana Tolstaya
    “For us, the best time is always yesterday.”
  • W. I. E. Gates
    W. I. E. Gates
    “Stronger than an army is a quotation whose time has come.”
  • M. Scott Peck
    M. Scott Peck
    “Until you value yourself you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”

Idioms

Ahead of time - If something happens ahead of time, it happens early or before the set time.
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Been around the block a few times - Someone who says they've been around the block a few times is indicating that they have life experience relating to the topic at hand. It is not necessary to discuss the introductory aspects of the topic or give beginner level advice.
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Behind the times - Someone that is behind the times is old-fashioned and has ideas that are regarded as out-dated.
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Big time - This can be used to with the meaning 'very much'- if you like something big time, you like it a lot.
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Call time - (UK) If you call time on something, you decide it is time to end it.
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Crunch time - When people, companies, etc, have to make an important decision that will have a considerable effect on their future, it is crunch time.
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Do time - (UK) When someone is doing time, they are in prison.
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For the time being - For the time being indicates that an action or state will continue into the future, but is temporary. I'm sharing an office for the time being.
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Fullness of time - If something happens in the fullness of time, it will happen when the time is right and appropriate.
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Good time - If you make good time on a journey, you manage to travel faster than you expected.
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If I had a nickel for every time - (USA) When someone uses this expression, they mean that the specific thing happens a lot. It is an abbreviation of the statement 'If I had a nickel for every time that happened, I would be rich'
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Just in the nick of time - If you do something in the nick of time, you just manage to do it just in time, with seconds to spare.
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Long time no hear - The speaker could say this when they have not heard from a person, either through phone calls or emails for a long time.
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Long time no see - 'Long time no see' means that the speaker has not seen that person for a long time.
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Nick of time - If you do something in the nick of time, you do it at the very last minute or second.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. time, AS. tīma, akin to tīd, time, and to Icel. tīmi, Dan. time, an hour, Sw. timme,. √58. See Tide (n.)

Usage

In literature:

At the same time his gallantry brought him into trouble.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
There's a time to keep silence an' a time to speak, according to Solomon.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
Eleanore tried time and time again to come near her sister, but each time she was thrust back.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
No, I must wait my time, and when that time comes neither Wilson nor anyone else shall stand in my way!
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
There were two children, upon which, from time to time, she gazed tenderly.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Several such have been given in this work from time to time, and one or two more may here be added.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
From time to time he glanced uncomfortably at Nina.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Up to this time I had, I suppose, not had time to fall in love with anyone in particular.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
Beatrice had only to lean her head back and smile faintly from time to time.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
The times were changed.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Miss Bey waited without a word, but Beth was conscious of her keen eyes fixed upon her from time to time, and knew what she meant.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
I don't get a letter but two or three times a year, I s'pose, though I call, I guess, half-a-dozen times.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
She knew, vaguely, that all the time he was not satisfied, all the time he was trying to force something from her.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
She went over in her mind these dramatic events time and time and time and again.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
Time and time again I struck with all my might.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
This time, however, he told the girl that if she succeeded for the third time in her task she should become his wife.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
From time to time new domains were added to the great republic.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
Confined to his bed all the time, and kept drowsy all the time by noxious drugs.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
She saw that Gaynor also glanced towards him from time to time.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
A cause for disturbance rests in the fact that more time is used in a long time than in a short time.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
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In poetry:

What time is it?
Midnight and very dark.
Are you afraid?
No. Are you?
"In The Shell Hole Of The World" by Genevieve Taggard
Does time exist?
I gravely doubt it.
But gosh, what should we do
without it?
"Time" by Piet Hein
Ain't got no bus here
A long time, he said.
You got enough money
To get home on?
"Hook" by James Wright
Hear the bed-time bell!
Sleep forthwith, good prisoners;
Hear the bed-time bell!
You must go to sleep.
"Impression Fausse" by Paul Verlaine
But all the clocks in the city
Began to whirr and chime:
"O let not Time deceive you,
You cannot conquer Time.
"As I Walked Out One Evening" by W H Auden
When I delight thy face to see,
Or would that love should come to me,
I cannot say when best the time,
For, love, I need thee all the time.
"When, Love, I Need Thee Most" by Josephine Delphine Henderson Heard

In news:

It's that time of year again – the time when many of us are ready to put the cold season behind us and spring forward.
We don't waste our time on anything not worth your time.
The president blinked at a rate of 71 times per minute while speaking during the debate — 1,000 times more than Romney — 53 per minute.
From time to time she would stop and clean the brush /comb of fur and then start in again.
They can, however, perform at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority station entrances from time to time as part of the agency's Art in Transit program.
I've often thought to myself that life would be perfect if bad times had fast forward buttons and good times had pause buttons.
"I've always been interested in cabooses, and I'd driven by it a few times, so one time I just stopped and asked.".
Caddies get fired all the time, even those who have been at the side of a player who won 72 times and 13 majors in their 12 years together.
The sweetest time of the year…Girl Scout Cookie time.
Times-Dispatch Staff Times-Dispatch Published: October 24, 2012.
It took about one city block for the timing to slip enough to pop through the carb and stall the engine every time we reset it.
She pops onto The Real Housewives Of New Jersey from time to time but now it seems that Kim Granatell 's daughter Gia may have inadvertently made an appearance where she was not wanted.
Employees at Time Inc, the magazine division of Time Warner Inc, found that they'll soon be working for AOL Time Warner in an e-mail sent companywide before their arrival at work on Jan 10.
We've come to the end of another week, so it's time once again to head back in time to feature a song you may have forgotten, or may discover for the first time with this weeks edition of Flashback Friday.
From time to time, military members who plan to serve full careers are driven by unforeseen circumstances to leave active duty, perhaps to support the family business at a critical time or to care for an ailing parent.
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In science:

Let ξ (n, x) := |{0 ≤ j ≤ n : Xj = x}| denote the local time of the RWRE in x at time n and ξ ∗ (n) := supx∈Z+ ξ (n, x) the maximal local time at time n.
Valleys and the maximum local time for random walk in random environment
Time correlation [1, 2] has been directly related to time ordering, a causality condition implied by the time-dependent Schr¨odinger equation that constrains sequential interactions to occur in order of increasing time.
How Time Works in Quantum Systems: Overview of time ordering and time correlation in weakly perturbed atomic collisions and in strongly perturbed qubits
Random walks of short times, 600 time steps, and long times, 200000 time steps, were carried out.
Modelling diffusional transport in the interphase cell nucleus
The time required by a random walk to traverse a graph, i.e., the time to cover the graph, is an important measure of the efficiency of random walks: The cover time of a graph is the expected time taken by a random walk to visit every node of the graph at least once [5, 2].
Many Random Walks Are Faster Than One
Let ξ (n, x) := |{0 ≤ j ≤ n : Xj = x}| denote the local time of the RWRE in x at time n and ξ ∗(n) := supx∈Z ξ (n, x) the maximal local time at time n.
The infinite valley for a recurrent random walk in random environment
The choice of this specific time scale is motivated by recent works on the disconnection time of the cylinder, where this time scale is shown to govern the magnitude of the disconnection time, at least in principal order, cf.,, .
Random Walks on Discrete Cylinders and Random Interlacements
If the sum of the relative times (that is, the sum Σk tk of the time distances between consecutive events) converges to a finite limit t, then the absolute time never surpasses t; in other words, time stops at t, while an infinite number of events occur between any tk and t.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
The notion of a hamiltonian time-graph is defined in a natural way and we define the Hamiltonian time-graph problem (HAMTG) as : Given a time-graph is it hamiltonian ? We show that the Hamiltonian path problem (HAMP) can be transformed to HAMTG in polynomial time.
Two conjectures such that the proof of any one of them will lead to the proof that P = NP
In order to deduce Theorem 1.1 from the continuous-time result, we need an estimate on the long term-behavior of the process of jump times of X and a comparison of the local time of X and the local time of the discrete skeleton X .
Random walks on discrete cylinders with large bases and random interlacements
Let (cid:101)hmax be the maximum radio hitting time : (cid:101)hmax = maxu,v∈V (cid:101)h(v, u) Note that for graphs the hitting times and radio hitting graphs are identical, but for hyper-graphs the radio hitting times are at most at hitting times.
Simple Random Walks on Radio Networks (Simple Random Walks on Hyper-Graphs)
We thus can conclude that E [Z ∗ i ] is at most twice the cover time of D ′ . (More precisely, it is the cover time plus the maximum hitting time.) Now, it is well-known (e.g., see ) that the cover time of any undirected graph G′ is at most 2 log |V (G′ )|Hmax, where Hmax (G′ ) is the maximal hitting time in G′ .
Faster generation of random spanning trees
This time-scale is that of the inverse local time process, since local time increases precisely at times when the process hits zero, and thus begins a new excursion.
Recent progress in coalescent theory
Although the Conley index for continuous-time RDS (i.e., the time set T = R) is not available at present, we can still apply the Conley index for discrete-time RDS to detect abstract bifurcation points of continuous-time RDS.
A sufficient condition for bifurcation in random dynamical systems
For average-time objectives, Jurdzi ´nski and Trivedi showed the EXPTIME-completeness of the problem for timed automata with two or more clocks. A natural extension of reachability-time games for timed automata is reachabilityprice games for priced timed automata.
Quantitative Games on Probabilistic Timed Automata
Some time dependent features in this type of infinite walk have been studied like the hitting time, recurrence time, Polya number etc. [14–17], which involve the first passage time.
Quantum Persistence: A Random Walk Scenario
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