stop·​watch | \ ˈstäp-ˌwäch How to pronounce stopwatch (audio) \

Definition of stopwatch

: a watch with a hand or a digital display that can be started and stopped at will for exact timing (as of a race)

Examples of stopwatch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Mensur had its rules and conventions, which involved a stopwatch, a surgeon, an umpire, and, for the combatants, goggles and padded garments. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Review of Books, "The Defender of Differences," 13 May 2020 Some of these include under-door puddle lights, black brake calipers, a Porsche crest on the center console, and a white central tachometer and stopwatch. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "How We'd Spec It: Going All Out on a 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S," 5 Mar. 2020 Spring also will be absent incoming freshman running back Chris Tyree, a June arrival who will impress on the stopwatch but needs to do so in the weight room this summer as well. Eric Hansen, Indianapolis Star, "Analysis: What are the real concerns as Notre Dame football opens spring practice," 3 Mar. 2020 College players who people may have never heard of can become a household name with one press of the stopwatch. Joshua Gunter, cleveland, "NFL Scouting Combine -- How the fastest men in the 40-yard dash over the past 10 years have done in the NFL," 27 Feb. 2020 But better stopwatches don’t tell anyone how to create, implement, or scale those programs. Ken Coburn, STAT, "Approaches to complex care innovation are ‘naïve and insufficient.’ We need systems and design thinking," 20 Feb. 2020 Let’s look at the stopwatch on a few races on Saturday. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Is the Santa Anita drag gone?," 13 Oct. 2019 Error 0: Break out the stopwatch and time Demi Lovato's National Anthem. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "All the crazy things you can bet on during the Super Bowl," 31 Jan. 2020 Running back Austin Ekeler has made some long plays, but doesn’t have that speed that leaves scouts rubbing their eyes and re-checking their stopwatches. Los Angeles Times, "Chargers don’t need to get sexy, they need to get better. Here’s how they do it," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of stopwatch

1737, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2020

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“Stopwatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stopwatch

: a watch that can be started and stopped very quickly and that is used for measuring the amount of time that is taken to do something (such as to run a race)


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: a watch that can be started and stopped for exact timing (as of a race)

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