standard time


Definition of standard time 

: the time of a region or country that is established by law or general usage as civil time 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

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The resolution calls for the creation of a 13-person task force to determine the merits of standard time versus daylight saving. Littice Bacon-blood,, "Should Louisiana use Daylight Saving Time? State task force will evaluate the options," 23 May 2018 Chu says he doesn’t actually care whether California goes on year-round daylight saving or standard time. George Skelton,, "Year-round daylight saving time? More dark mornings is just one downside," 5 July 2018 This forecast, valid for noon local standard time (1 p.m. daylight saving time) the following day is issued each day shortly after noon. Tom Skilling,, "Ask Tom: What's a good source for the UV index?," 28 June 2018 Hawaii and most of Arizona don’t participate in switching from standard time to daylight-saving time and back., "Daylight-saving time no sure bet in Congress, Rubio says," 29 Mar. 2018 In Washington, for example, year-round standard time would look like this. Justin Grieser, Washington Post, "Daylight saving time starts this weekend. Here’s how things would change if we got rid of it.," 9 Mar. 2018 Sunrise came after the start of the school day in midwinter, and that fall U.S. returned to standard time. Melody Gutierrez,, "Year-round daylight-saving time in California? Voters may get a say," 21 June 2018 The state Legislature overwhelmingly approved a resolution during the recent regular session to study whether Daylight Saving Time or standard time is best for the state. Littice Bacon-blood,, "Should Louisiana use Daylight Saving Time? State task force will evaluate the options," 23 May 2018 Federal law allows states to opt out of daylight saving time but not out of standard Time. Mary Shanklin,, "Contractors see benefits of Sunshine Protection Act," 23 Apr. 2018

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of standard time

: the official time of a particular region or country

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

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