[ tahym-shair-ing ]
/ ˈtaɪmˌʃɛər ɪŋ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. time-saving,
  2. time-sensitive,
  3. time-served,
  4. time-server,
  5. time-share,
  6. time-stamp,
  7. time-tested,
  8. time-worn,
  9. timecard,
  10. timed-release

Origin of time-sharing

First recorded in 1960–65


[ tahym-shair ]
/ ˈtaɪmˌʃɛər /

verb (used with object), time-shared, time-shar·ing.

to use or occupy by time-sharing.


Related formstime-shar·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for time-sharing



denoting, relating to, or forming part of time sharing of propertytime-share villas
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Word Origin and History for time-sharing


1953, as a computing term, from time (n.) + verbal noun from share (v.). In real estate, as an arrangement in property use, it is recorded from 1976.

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