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noun (1)

mean·​time ˈmēn-ˌtīm How to pronounce meantime (audio)
: the time before something happens or before a specified period ends
The new computers won't arrive until next week, but we can continue to use the old ones in the meantime.


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: meanwhile entry 2
meantime he had been attentive to his other interestsH. R. Warfel

mean time

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noun (2)

: time that is based on the motion of the theoretical mean sun
To find local mean time, determine how many degrees of longitude you are from your time-zone standard. (Find your longitude on a map.) Multiply this number by four to get your correction in minutes. If you are east of the standard longitude your correction is a positive number; if you are west it is negative. Apply the correction to standard time to get your local mean time.Sky & Telescope

called also mean solar time

Examples of meantime in a Sentence

Adverb He can come back to work when he's feeling better. Meantime, he should be resting as much as possible.
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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1593, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of meantime was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Meantime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
mean·​time ˈmēn-ˌtīm How to pronounce meantime (audio)
: the time between two events


2 of 2 adverb
: in the meantime

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