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.

Examples of standard time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web House Bill 822, sponsored by Rep. Michael O’Donnell, R-Oakville, HB 617 filed by Wes Rogers, D-Kansas City, and HB 848 filed by Rep Chris Sander, R-Lone Jack, would make what is now DSL the new standard time. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, 1 Apr. 2021 This year the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere falls on Monday June 21 at 03:32 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the international standard time used by astronomers. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, 20 June 2021 Some health officials have advocated for permanent standard time, not daylight savings. al, 7 May 2021 Three of those five bills propose making daylight saving time (DST) permanent in Missouri and ending the shift back and forth from DST to standard time. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, 1 Apr. 2021 But Labor Department data shows only eight states are currently processing the bulk of new applications and sending out payments in three weeks, which was the standard time before the pandemic. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2021 Gamble said by staying on standard time all year, the sun would rise at 4:38 a.m. on June 21 – the summer solstice, or the longest day of the year – and set around 7 p.m. John Sharp, al, 28 Apr. 2021 Clocks are set back one hour to standard time on the first Sunday of November. Mike Cason |, al, 13 May 2021 Daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday in March when clocks are set forward by one hour and they are then turned back to standard time on the first Sunday of November. al, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of standard time

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Standard time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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