time-sharing

[ tahym-shair-ing ]
/ ˈtaɪmˌʃɛər ɪŋ /

noun

Computers. a system or service in which a number of users at different terminals simultaneously use a single computer for different purposes.
Also time-share. 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.

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Origin of time-sharing

First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for time-sharing

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 timeCompare batch processing
  2. (as modifier)a time-sharing computer
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