stop·​watch ˈstäp-ˌwäch How to pronounce stopwatch (audio)
: 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 Using these assessments and the stopwatch time studies, the algorithm promised to tell building managers exactly how many minutes were needed to care for all residents each shift — and, therefore, the number of employees they were permitted to schedule. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2024 With a crew on deck armed with two timepieces, Brady then proceeded to run the distance — with one stopwatch recording 5.12 and the other 5.18 The retired athlete held up one of the stopwatches on FaceTime to show Mike Repole, his business partner in NoBull — who was impressed. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 29 Feb. 2024 But when McNulty receives a magic stopwatch that can pause time, all hell breaks loose. Wesley Stenzel,, 21 Apr. 2023 There’s more coming, but one of my favorites is a Live Activity for a running stopwatch. David Phelan, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Today, your average track instructor is stuck sitting on the pit wall with a stopwatch. Tim Stevens, Robb Report, 24 Jan. 2024 Controlling a stopwatch—not normal timer support—is also gone. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 11 Jan. 2024 Divide the total distance walked by the amount of time (in seconds) on your stopwatch. Leah Groth, Health, 9 Feb. 2024 The prospect might conjure images of a grim Frederick Winslow Taylor-style manager, measuring your movements with a stopwatch. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1737, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stopwatch was in 1737

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“Stopwatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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stop·​watch ˈstäp-ˌwäch How to pronounce stopwatch (audio)
: a watch having a hand or a digital display that can be started and stopped for exact timing (as of a race)

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