time trial


Definition of time trial

: a competitive event (as in auto racing) in which individuals are successively timed over a set course or distance

Examples of time trial in a Sentence

He posted the second best lap in the time trials.

Recent Examples on the Web

The racetrack has been busy all week for Daytona Speedweeks, a series of races and time trials that precede the big race. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "One Day at Daytona," 22 Mar. 2019 Until Friday, no cyclist had won both the road race and the individual time trial at the same Asian Games. John Pye, Fox News, "Too bad for India as Iran wins Asian Games kabaddi gold," 24 Aug. 2018 Here's a gastronomic, sporting and cultural glance at the route for Stage 20: BAGUETTE AND BUTTER: The 31-kilometer stage from Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle to Espelette is an individual time trial. Ciaran Fahey, Fox News, "TASTE OF THE TOUR: Pan-seared squid in the Basque Country," 27 July 2018 The only individual time trial of the race comes in the penultimate stage, over a 19.2-mile route from Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle to Espelette in the Basque country. Andrew Dampf, BostonGlobe.com, "Richie Porte’s BMC team wins team time trial," 9 July 2018 Busch, now a three-time Cup pole-winner at TMS, set the series track qualifying record at 26.877-seconds/200.915 during time trials for last November's AAA Texas 500 Playoff race. USA TODAY, "Kurt Busch takes pole for Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500," 6 Apr. 2018 In fact, the runners who improved their time trial after the nap had an average of 6.4 hours of night sleep, while those who didn’t improve had an average of 7.5 hours. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Putting Napping to the Test," 18 June 2018 Traditionalists in countries like Norway and the Netherlands love speedskating with its endless time trials between two racers, the subtleties of lap time variations and long waits to see which times actually survives for gold. USA TODAY, "Forget speedskating tradition. Here's the mad mass start!," 1 Feb. 2018 Two days after her road race victory, South Korea's Na Ah-reum won the women's time trial at Subang in West Java from Eri Yonamine of Japan and Leung Wing Yee of Hong Kong. John Pye, Fox News, "Too bad for India as Iran wins Asian Games kabaddi gold," 24 Aug. 2018

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circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of time trial

: a race in which competitors are timed as they race over a course and the one who completes the course in the least amount of time is the winner

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