keep time


of a watch or clock : to show the correct time
My watch keeps good/perfect time.
music : to perform music at the correct speed
Among other things, the conductor helps the orchestra keep time (to the music).

Examples of keep time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Introduction How Life Keeps Time Eons before the invention of sundials, watches and atomic clocks, organisms evolved biological tools to keep time. Quanta Magazine, 19 Dec. 2023 The latter is a nod to the Marx Brothers Duck Soup (1933); Duchovny and McKean rehearsed the sequence and used a metronome during filming to keep time. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 Sep. 2023 Perhaps our modern 28-day rhythms are evolutionary leftovers, cobbled together from bits of older cellular clockwork that, in some shallow primordial sea, once helped marine worms keep time to the cycle of the moon. Elise Cutts, Quanta Magazine, 19 Dec. 2023 These names date back to earlier periods — when Native American, medieval European and other cultures turned to cycles in nature to keep time. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2023 Behind those doors, amid the clamor, dozens of machinists and artisans conduct the process of melting and casting bronze alloy into a gleaming finished product, ready to keep time. James Sullivan,, 19 Sep. 2023 Pendulums have been used in clocks, to keep time, for centuries. Rachelle Doorley, Parents, 16 Aug. 2023 In an amapiano track, the shakers usually keep time while the log drum darts in and out of the mix, as if the beat itself is playing a solo. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 14 July 2023 Whereas grandfather clocks keep time by tracking swinging pendulums, atomic clocks monitor the quantum vibrations of atoms. IEEE Spectrum, 25 June 2023 See More

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“Keep time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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