military time


Definition of military time

: time measured in hours numbered to twenty-four (such as 0100 or 2300) from one midnight to the next

Examples of military time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After an informal camp meeting, Reznicek noticed the woman’s wristwatch set to military time. Julia Shipley, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2021 In military time, this ends up being 14:59, the name of one of Sugar Ray's albums. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 13 Apr. 2021 The Brecksville-Broadview Heights district lit stadium lights every night last week from 8-8:20 p.m. The end time was chosen because 8:20 p.m. in military time is 20:20, representing the graduation year of this class. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2020 The schools are making it a nightly ritual to turn on the lights at 8:20 p.m., which is 20:20 military time, and leaving them lit for 20 minutes, and 20 seconds to honor the class of 2020. Richard Obert, azcentral, 8 Apr. 2020 Many high schools throughout Oregon and across the country are participating in the event this spring, where the school’s football stadium lights are lit at 8:20 p.m. (2020 military time), usually for 20 minutes. oregonlive, 14 Apr. 2020 For a country with such a large military, the United States is strangely averse to using military time (the 24-hour clock). Harry Guinness, Popular Science, 8 Jan. 2020 In some of the clips, dispatchers state the military time at the end of the radio call, but not in others. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, 27 Nov. 2019 That is why Makela Jackson’s sorority sisters gathered Sunday on the 8th day of July at eight minutes past 7 p.m. (19:08 in military time), to pay tribute and honor a life cut short by a freak vacation accident. Ernie Suggs, ajc, 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of military time

1955, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jun 2021

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“Military time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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