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 Instead of an opponent, the horse raced in a much ballyhooed showdown against a stopwatch. Samantha Baskind, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2022 The moment a dancer is in the middle of the circle waiting for the stopwatch and beat to start with the hoops organized on the floor and ready to be picked up, can be intense even for people who have danced for years. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 28 Mar. 2022 The gist of the process is this — for 20 seconds, 14 pingpong balls are mixed before one is drawn (someone has a stopwatch and his back to the machine, signaling for one of the accountants to draw a ball). Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 But equipping the Macan with the Sport Chrono option ($1220) adds a wart-like stopwatch to the top of the dashboard and some critical launch-control software. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 27 Apr. 2022 The Sport Chrono package will come standard on the Macan T, adding a driving mode switch on the steering wheel, launch control, and an analog and digital stopwatch. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 16 Feb. 2022 Now the film industry is back in action, and Williams, who turned 90 on Tuesday, is once again at the piano churning out earworms — pencil, paper and stopwatch in hand. New York Times, 8 Feb. 2022 Fraser performed six tasks, including counting out a duration of 30 seconds in his head, as if to test his inner stopwatch. Amanda Chicago Lewis, Wired, 15 Feb. 2022 At the end of 1995—the first year computer controls replaced four guys with ropes, one with a stopwatch, and a supervisor—the ball descended two seconds late, Mr. Straus said. Isabelle Bousquette, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of stopwatch

1737, in the meaning defined above

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“Stopwatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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

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