stopwatch

[ stop-woch ]
/ ˈstɒpˌwɒtʃ /

noun

a watch with a hand or hands that can be stopped or started at any instant, used for precise timing, as in races.

Nearby words

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  2. stopping power,
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  4. stops,
  5. stopt,
  6. stopword,
  7. storable,
  8. storage,
  9. storage battery,
  10. storage capacity

Origin of stopwatch

First recorded in 1730–40; stop + watch

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British Dictionary definitions for stopwatch

stopwatch

/ (ˈstɒpˌwɒtʃ) /

noun

a type of watch used for timing events, such as sporting events, accurately, having a device for stopping the hand or hands instantly
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Word Origin and History for stopwatch

stopwatch

n.

also stop-watch, 1737, from stop (v.) + watch (n.).

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