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 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, "Brecksville-Broadview Heights seniors celebrate graduation in their cars at high school stadium," 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, "Schools turning on football stadium lights each night to honor senior class," 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, "Oregon high schools lighting up their stadiums at 8:20 p.m. to honor coronavirus-impacted senior class," 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, "Bimonthly, fortnightly, and other complications: Here’s how to talk about time," 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, "FBI releases audio files from police and dispatchers in 2011 Giffords shooting," 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, "Sorority vigil held for Maleka Jackson, Atlanta woman killed in Bahamas boat accident," 8 July 2018 As for the Defender’s complications: a sub-dial indicates the day of the week; a 24-hour dial gives you military time; and a window located at six o’clock displays the date. Michael Clerizo, WSJ, "Found: Exec-Worthy Watches for $250 and Under," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of military time

1955, in the meaning defined above

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30 May 2020

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“Military time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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