standard time

noun

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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Federal statute says that any state can opt out of daylight saving and elect to go on standard time permanently — which Arizona, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have done for decades. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, "Ditch the switch? Call to go on permanent daylight saving time grows," 17 Aug. 2019 Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas are among the states trying to observe year-round standard time. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Tired of daylight saving time? These places are trying to end it.," 8 Mar. 2019 In the European Union, lawmakers voted this year to eliminate it; each country in the bloc will have until 2021 to choose between daylight saving time or standard time. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, "Ditch the switch? Call to go on permanent daylight saving time grows," 17 Aug. 2019 So can eating a meal at the standard time in your destination. National Geographic, "Going overseas? Overcome jet lag with these expert tips," 12 Mar. 2019 In the past, the standard time limit was two years. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can California avoid a third year of fire catastrophe? Here’s what’s been fixed — and what hasn’t," 20 June 2019 This option would require the state to stay on standard time year round. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Tired of daylight saving time? These places are trying to end it.," 8 Mar. 2019 That area will continue to switch between daylight saving time to standard time each year. oregonlive.com, "Permanent daylight saving bill heads to Oregon governor," 6 June 2019 California could stay on standard time all year without Washington’s OK, just as Arizona and Hawaii have. George Skelton, latimes.com, "Year-round daylight saving time? More dark mornings is just one downside," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of standard time

1879, in the meaning defined above

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standard time

noun

English Language Learners Definition of standard time

: the official time of a particular region or country

standard time

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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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