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timer

[tahy-mer] /ˈtaɪ mər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that times.
2.
a person who measures or records time.
3.
a device for indicating or measuring elapsed time, as a stopwatch.
4.
a device for controlling machinery, appliances, or the like, in a specified way at a predetermined time:
Please put the roast in the oven and set the timer to cook it for two hours.
5.
(in an internal-combustion engine) a set of points actuated by a cam, which causes the spark for igniting the charge at the instant required.
Origin of timer
1490-1500
First recorded in 1490-1500; time + -er1
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  • I suppose the rascally spy isn't still in this clump of timer, eh?

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • It was two hours before I located the same, which was caused by the timer.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
  • He jimmied the timer on the rocket motor so it would fire to the last drop.

    Far from Home J.A. Taylor
  • Two lights crossed the lenses of her eyes, but no timer could have caught them.

    Sunlight Patch

    Credo Fitch Harris
  • And have a man from the garage with extra tires and a timer for the carburetor.

    Eve to the Rescue

    Ethel Hueston
British Dictionary definitions for timer

timer

/ˈtaɪmə/
noun
1.
a device for measuring, recording, or indicating time
2.
a switch or regulator that causes a mechanism to operate at a specific time or at predetermined intervals
3.
a person or thing that times
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Slang definitions & phrases for timer

timer

Related Terms

old timer

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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