timing

[ tahy-ming ]
/ ˈtaɪ mɪŋ /

noun

Theater.
  1. a synchronizing of the various parts of a production for theatrical effect.
  2. the result or effect thus achieved.
  3. (in acting) the act of adjusting one's tempo of speaking and moving for dramatic effect.
Sports. the control of the speed of a stroke, blow, etc., in order that it may reach its maximum at the proper moment.
the selecting of the best time or speed for doing something in order to achieve the desired or maximum result: I went to ask for a raise, but my timing was bad, since the boss had indigestion.
an act or instance of observing and recording the elapsed time of an act, contest, process, etc.

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Origin of timing

1200–50; 1590–1600 for def 4; Middle English: hap, occurrence; see time, -ing1

Definition for timing (2 of 2)

Origin of time

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English tīma; cognate with Old Norse tīmi; (verb) Middle English timen to arrange a time, derivative of the noun; akin to tide1

OTHER WORDS FROM time

re·time, verb (used with object), re·timed, re·tim·ing.un·timed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH time

thyme time
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British Dictionary definitions for timing (1 of 2)

timing
/ (ˈtaɪmɪŋ) /

noun

the process or art of regulating actions or remarks in relation to others to produce the best effect, as in music, the theatre, sport, etc

British Dictionary definitions for timing (2 of 2)

time
/ (taɪm) /

noun

verb (tr)

interjection

the word called out by a publican signalling that it is closing time

Word Origin for time

Old English tīma; related to Old English tīd time, Old Norse tīmi, Alemannic zīme; see tide 1
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Medical definitions for timing

time
[ tīm ]

n.

A duration or relation of events expressed in terms of past, present, and future, and measured in units such as minutes, hours, days, months, or years.
A certain period during which something is done.
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Scientific definitions for timing

time
[ tīm ]

A continuous, measurable quantity in which events occur in a sequence proceeding from the past through the present to the future. See Note at space-time.
  1. An interval separating two points of this quantity; a duration.
  2. A system or reference frame in which such intervals are measured or such quantities are calculated.
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Idioms and Phrases with timing

time

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