time frame

noun
variants: or less commonly

timeframe

Definition of time frame

  1. :  a period of time especially with respect to some action or project

Examples of time frame in a sentence

  1. They were not able to finish the project within the established time frame.

time frame or timeframe?

Should time frame be written as one word or two? At present, it is most commonly styled as two words with no hyphen in between.

Compounds, or “words consisting of components that are words,” come in three varieties: open (two words with a space between them, such as lima bean), hyphenated (two words with a hyphen between them, such as runner-up), and closed (one word, such as rowboat). In some cases, competing compound stylings appear in different publications. This is generally acceptable as long as the spelling remains consistent throughout a book or periodical.

Compounds have a tendency to move from open to closed as time goes by, and our evidence suggests that time frame is headed in this direction. At this point, however, the open compound is far more prevalent.

1964

First Known Use of time frame

1964


TIME FRAME Defined for English Language Learners

time frame

noun

Definition of time frame for English Language Learners

  • : a period of time that is used or planned for a particular action or project

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