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 In Tokyo, she was 31st in the road race and seventh in the individual time trial. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Sep. 2021 In fact, the team’s finishing order at nationals was almost perfectly reversed from the time trial. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 2 Mar. 2022 German cyclist Tony Martin won four time trial world championships over the course of his 14-year professional career, but only one Olympic medal. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2022 The 109th edition of the world's most famous cycle race gets underway in Copenhagen with an individual time trial on July 1. David Nikel, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Van Vleuten, the world time trial champion in 2020, was part of a dream team of world champions heavily favored to win gold in the road race. Dave Skretta, Star Tribune, 27 July 2021 The most accurate predictions came from using a one mile time trial. Jeff Galloway, Outside Online, 4 Sep. 2020 The only teammate who beat me was the one team member who had missed the time trial. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 2 Mar. 2022 The first human-versus-AI test happened in July 2021, when Emily Jones, Valerio Gallo, and Igor Fraga were asked to beat GT Sophy's lap times in a time trial. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of time trial

circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Time trial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20trial. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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