standard time


Definition of standard time

: the time of a region or country that is established by law or general usage as civil time (see civil sense 5) … the advent of the railway system and its demand for accurate timetables created the need for standard time and GMT became the legal standard time of Britain in 1880.— John Sallnow specifically : the mean time of a meridian that is a multiple of 15 arbitrarily applied to a local area or to one of the 24 time zones and designated as a number of hours earlier or later than Greenwich Mean Time At a little after nine Central Standard Time on the night of Monday, April 13, 1970 there was, high in the western sky, a tiny flare of light that in some respects resembled a star exploding far away in our galaxy. — Henry S. F. Cooper Jr.

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Recent Examples on the Web That raises the question: What happened to talk of ditching the switch from Daylight Saving to standard time each fall? Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Larry Householder, FirstEnergy face $1 million defamation lawsuit from ex-candidate: Capitol Letter," 8 Oct. 2020 The 2019 Sunshine Protection Act spearheaded by Florida senator Republican Marcio Rubio, which would make daylight saving time the new permanent standard time, didn’t go anywhere. oregonlive, "When does daylight saving time end, and will it be the last time Oregonians ‘fall back’?," 8 Oct. 2020 Southwest will depart Bradley at 3 p.m. and arrive at 4:30 p.m., central standard time. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Bradley International Airport adds non-stop route to Nashville," 8 Oct. 2020 Despite not being a part of the daily statistics, PHE confirmed that everyone who tested positive was still notified in the standard time frame. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Trump looks to move beyond COVID-19 hospitalization and White House outbreak," 5 Oct. 2020 Currently, Arizona and Hawaii remain on standard time all year round. Morgan Phillips, Fox News, "Florida Sens. Rubio, Scott push to keep daylight saving time amid pandemic," 17 Sep. 2020 Two years after backing a state legislative effort to put Florida on year-round daylight-saving time, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott introduced a bill to skip the change to standard time this fall across the country. News Service Of Florida,, "Rubio and Scott push to keep Florida in daylight saving time year-round," 16 Sep. 2020 But the earlier sunsets that herald winter’s approach, exacerbated by returning to standard time, will make that less viable. Dinah Miller, WSJ, "To Combat Covid, Don’t Turn the Clock Back," 3 Sep. 2020 Hatch said the state’s county clerks would like this year to mail out ballots 28 days before an election rather than 21, which is the standard time frame. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Election bill provides more in-person voter options but county clerks want longer time frame for mailed ballots," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of standard time

1861, in the meaning defined above

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19 Oct 2020

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“Standard time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of standard time

: the official time of a particular region or country

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Kids Definition of standard time

: the time established by law or by common usage over a region or country

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