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[tahym-sey-ving] /ˈtaɪmˌseɪ vɪŋ/
(of methods, devices, etc.) reducing the time spent or required to do something.
Origin of timesaving
First recorded in 1860-65; time + saving
Related forms
timesaver, noun Unabridged
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  • It was brief and cryptic, for Mr. Hurd's notes were as time-saving as his speech.

    May Iverson's Career Elizabeth Jordan
  • It is, however, mainly as a labor- and time-saving device that the new plan is advocated.

    Auction of To-day

    Milton C. Work
  • For use round the Hut, in thick drifts, the combination of helmet and blouse was handy and time-saving.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • Its place has been taken by simple, compact, time-saving statements, often printed but not delivered.

  • One overworked matron of my acquaintance has perfected an ingenious and time-saving combination.

    The Ways of Men Eliot Gregory
  • This digest is to-day as useful and time-saving as ever to the student and seeker after truth.

    The Battle of The Press Theophila Carlile Campbell
  • Then remember when you are cooking potatoes that it is a time-saving plan to boil enough for two meals, or even more.

    Living on a Little

    Caroline French Benton
  • It is indeed on this sense of orderliness that the success of certain of the American time-saving appliances is built.

  • It is an admirable saving of time-saving of time being more important in this generation than the saving of ourselves.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
  • In order not to make Sarah nervous, I explained to her that my invention of a silver-elevator was merely a time-saving device.

British Dictionary definitions for time-saving


shortening the length of time required for an operation, activity, etc
Derived Forms
time-saver, noun
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