[ meen-tahym ]
/ ˈminˌtaɪm /
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the intervening time: The party is Tuesday, but in the meantime I have to shop and prepare the food.
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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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Origin of meantime

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at mean3, time
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British Dictionary definitions for meantime (1 of 2)

/ (ˈmiːnˌtaɪm) /

the intervening time or period, as between events (esp in the phrase in the meantime)
another word for meanwhile

British Dictionary definitions for meantime (2 of 2)

mean time

mean solar time

the time, at a particular place, measured in terms of the passage of the mean sun; the timescale is not precisely constantSee mean solar day
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Scientific definitions for meantime

mean time

Solar time as measured by the mean sun, resulting in equal 24-hour days throughout the year. If days were measured by the actual movement of the Sun, they would vary slightly in length at different times of the year due to differences in Earth's orbital speed and other factors. Mean time is the basis for standard clock time throughout most of the world. See more at solar time universal time.
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