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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. 2018.
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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


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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