timer

[tahy-mer]

noun

a person or thing that times.
a person who measures or records time.
a device for indicating or measuring elapsed time, as a stopwatch.
a device for controlling machinery, appliances, or the like, in a specified way at a predetermined time: Please put the roast in the oven and set the timer to cook it for two hours.
(in an internal-combustion engine) a set of points actuated by a cam, which causes the spark for igniting the charge at the instant required.

Nearby words

  1. timeous,
  2. timeously,
  3. timepass,
  4. timepiece,
  5. timepleaser,
  6. times,
  7. times sign,
  8. times square,
  9. timesaving,
  10. timescale

Origin of timer

First recorded in 1490–1500; time + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for timer

timer

noun

a device for measuring, recording, or indicating time
a switch or regulator that causes a mechanism to operate at a specific time or at predetermined intervals
a person or thing that times
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