[ tahym-out ]
/ ˈtaɪmˈaʊt /
noun, plural time-outs.
a brief suspension of activity; intermission or break.
Sports. a short interruption in a regular period of play during which a referee or other official stops the clock so that the players may rest, deliberate, make substitutions, etc.
Origin of time-out
First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for time-out
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Still other sites have chosen to give commenters a time-out to allow tempers to cool down.
British Dictionary definitions for time-out
sport an interruption in play during which players rest, discuss tactics, or make substitutions
a break taken during working hours
computing a condition occurring when the amount of time a computer has been instructed to wait for another device to perform a task has expired, usually indicated by an error message
verb time out
(intr) (of a computer) to stop operating because of a time-out
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