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 Still, that initial time trial inspired one of the oldest auto races in America, the Mount Washington Hillclimb, which has been sporadically held along the road since 1904. Teddy Brokaw, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2024 After winning the 2019 time trial by a record 92 seconds, Dygert crashed at 2020 worlds in Italy, badly lacerating her left leg. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Jan. 2024 There are only a few basic rules to keep these speedy time trials in Belgium from looking like raucous beer-guzzling scenes choreographed to polka music at Oktoberfest in Munich. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 With only a largely flat stage and a time trial to come before Sunday’s traditional celebratory ride into Paris, Pogacar knew that Thursday’s stage offered his last, best shot at shaving away most, or all, of the 2-minute-18-second margin between him and Vingegaard. New York Times, 21 July 2022 In 2011, while playing Gran Turismo 5, Mardenborough saw a call for a time trial for the GT Academy, a competition which sought out new racing talent via the game, and promised a racing contract with Nissan to the winner. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 27 Aug. 2023 Dygert was widely considered the best in the world in endurance events heading into the 2020 time trial world championships in Italy. Dave Skretta, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Aug. 2023 Mardenborough qualified in the time trial and underwent training with the Academy, ultimately winning the final 20-minute race and embarking on a career as a racing driver. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 27 Aug. 2023 The cyclists in Christiana Bédard-Thom’s research study were 11 minutes into an all-out 20-minute time trial when—horror of horrors—the screen displaying their power, cadence, and elapsed time went blank. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 17 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of time trial was circa 1949

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“Time trial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20trial. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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