or day·light-sav·ings time
[ dey-lahyt-sey-ving ]
/ ˈdeɪˌlaɪtˈseɪ vɪŋ /
the civil time observed when daylight saving is adopted in a country or community.
“Daylight Savings Time” And More Commonly Mixed-Up WordsEvery March and November, most Americans change their clocks to keep up with the switch into or out of daylight-saving time. This practice of advancing the clocks ahead an hour is called daylight-saving time. But, because daylight savings time is used so frequently, the term is also considered acceptable. Daylight saving time means that since the clock is moved ahead one hour, you get one …
Origin of daylight-saving time
First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for daylight-saving time
time set usually one hour ahead of the local standard time, widely adopted in the summer to provide extra daylight in the eveningAlso called (in the US): daylight time See also British Summer Time
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Science definitions for daylight-saving time
[ dā′līt-sā′vĭng ]
Time during which clocks are set one hour or more ahead of standard time to provide more daylight at the end of the working day during late spring, summer, and early fall. First proposed by Benjamin Franklin, daylight saving time was instituted in various countries during both world wars in the 20th century and was made permanent in most of the United States beginning in 1973. Arizona, Hawaii, most of eastern Indiana, and certain US territories and possessions do not observe daylight saving time.
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