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[tahy-mer] /ˈtaɪ mər/
a person or thing that times.
a person who measures or records time.
a device for indicating or measuring elapsed time, as a stopwatch.
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.
(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
First recorded in 1490-1500; time + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then, adjusting the timer and throttle on the engine and seeing that the gasoline tank was filled, the lad started up his motor.

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

    Eve to the Rescue Ethel Hueston
  • The three moved back on to the turf, Kernahan, who was timer, pulling out his watch.

    On Your Mark! Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Brent said, I think the timer must have been set by Pee-wees watch.

    Roy Blakeley's Motor Caravan Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Rip waited until the landing boat was nearly loaded, then told Dominico to set the timer for five minutes.

    Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for timer


a device for measuring, recording, or indicating time
a switch or regulator that causes a mechanism to operate at a specific time or at predetermined intervals
a person or thing that times
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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