time line

noun

1
: a table listing important events for successive years within a particular historical period
2
usually timeline : a schedule of events and procedures : timetable sense 2

Examples of time line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such notices are typically flagged to the board and generate a reply including a time line for corrective action. Sridhar Natarajan, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2024 Once it was actually filmed, and subtitles were added to the multiple time lines and the twisty spy plot, the show seemed more complicated than before. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 The result, though still sprawling, isn’t as unwieldy as the eighteen-million-year time line of Liu’s novels. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 One wall was covered by a twenty-three-foot-long time line of world history first published in 1871, starting from Adam and Eve. Emma Green, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 The time line was jumbled because the threats had come in waves: there were her siblings’ killings, then the fallout after Keldy testified against their killers in court. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 28 Jan. 2024 The results suggested the species went extinct sometime between 295,000 and 215,000 years ago, which gave the researchers a firm time line to work from. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 10 Jan. 2024 But his upward trajectory as indie darling and sardonic character actor has a shadow time line: the undulating mental-health struggle that has plagued him since childhood. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2023 That time line matches previous suspicions that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet had completely collapsed during the Last Interglacial, a warm period that occurred 130,000 to 115,000 years ago. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 21 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of time line was in 1951

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“Time line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20line. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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