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)

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Thirty minutes turned into an hour on a day when Taylor cared not to have his stopwatch or whistle in hand. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "D-Day anniversary truly puts hockey, life in perspective," 8 June 2019 The watch also includes message and call alerts, a stopwatch, alarm clock, compass, step count and calorie tracker. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Runtopia's S1 Is the GPS Running Smartwatch You Can Actually Afford," 2 Apr. 2019 Our brains can keep track of short bursts of time like a mental stopwatch. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Unlocking Secrets of Memory and Time in the Brain," 13 Mar. 2019 The Journal took a stopwatch to the last five years of Oscar broadcasts to breakdown what’s filling up those more than three-and-half hours. Ben Fritz, WSJ, "An #OscarsSoSafe Awards Ceremony," 25 Feb. 2019 Yes, your phone can tell you the tide or become a stopwatch with much less effort, but that's not the point. Popular Mechanics, "The Tiny Machines That Make Watches Beautiful (and Expensive)," 19 Feb. 2015 This is most obvious from the stopwatch mounted atop the dashboard, but this package also gives you access to Sport Plus mode, more on which shortly. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Porsche’s Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is a heck of a hybrid," 16 May 2018 The times below represent the average of three launches, which were tracked with a stopwatch. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "iOS 12 on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Mini 2: It’s actually faster!," 17 Sep. 2018 Owens posted video last month on his Instagram account that appears to show two stopwatch operators capturing the 44-year-old running 40-yard dashes in 4.43 and 4.44 seconds. Dave Clark,, "Pro Football Hall of Fame won't introduce Terrell Owens at Gold Jacket Dinner or induction," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of stopwatch

1737, in the meaning defined above

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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)


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

Kids Definition of stopwatch

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

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