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.

Examples of standard time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, Google is set to announce more AI updates at its developer conference, Google I/O, on Tuesday in Mountain View, California at 10 a.m. Pacific standard time. Laura Bratton, Quartz, 13 May 2024 According to a Tuesday memo from the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, the goal is to create a standard time measurement that will help coordinate efforts as humanity returns to the moon for exploration and economic development. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 5 Apr. 2024 Over the last few weeks, Oregon and Washington fell shy of advancing respective permanent standard time legislation. TIME, 9 Mar. 2024 Here's why some doctors say standard time should be permanent In 2022, scientists and government representatives voted to remove leap seconds from UTC by 2035 at an International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) conference in France. Leah Sarnoff, ABC News, 28 Mar. 2024 On the first Sunday of November, at 2 a.m., clocks fall back an hour to standard time. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 8 Mar. 2024 Several of those states were also actively considering legislation that would end daylight saving time, but by switching the state to year-round standard time, according to the NCSL. Diba Mohtasham, NPR, 8 Mar. 2024 The law also established a standard time and allowed the federal government to create five time zones. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 6 Mar. 2024 Doctors and scientists argue that standard time is better for our health. Diba Mohtasham, NPR, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of standard time was in 1809

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“Standard time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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standard time

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

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