time-shar·​ing ˈtīm-ˌsher-iŋ How to pronounce time-sharing (audio)
or time-share : joint ownership or rental of a vacation lodging (such as a condominium) by several persons with each occupying the premises in turn for short periods
: simultaneous use of a central computer by many users at remote locations
time-share transitive verb

Examples of time-sharing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What part do these in-between periods play in the time-sharing scenario? James Shreeve, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Its biggest innovation, though, was time-sharing, allowing multiple students to use the system simultaneously for the first time. Cameron Kaiser, Ars Technica, 17 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of time-sharing was in 1953

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“Time-sharing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time-sharing. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: use of a computer system by many users at the same time

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