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time-sharing

[ tahym-shair-ing ]

noun

  1. Computers. a system or service in which a number of users at different terminals simultaneously use a single computer for different purposes.
  2. Also a plan in which persons share ownership or rental costs of a vacation home, especially a condominium, entitling each participant to use the residence for a specified time each year.


time sharing

noun

    1. a system of part ownership of a property, such as a flat or villa, for use as a holiday home, whereby each participant buys the right to use the property for the same fixed period annually
    2. ( as modifier )

      a time-sharing system

    1. a system by which users at different terminals of a computer can, because of its high speed, apparently communicate with it at the same time Compare batch processing
    2. ( as modifier )

      a time-sharing computer



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Word History and Origins

Origin of time-sharing1

First recorded in 1960–65
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Example Sentences

Stephen Colbert was back on the airwaves Monday and wasted no time sharing details from his latest celebrity encounter.

However, in large, expensive systems time-sharing can be very useful.

Accessibility of the system for programming could be improved by running a simple time-sharing monitor on it.

Two years after operation commenced, the first satisfactory time-sharing monitor was completed and put into service.

With exalted military genius he guided every movement, at the same time sharing the toil of the humblest soldier.

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