tim·​er ˈtī-mər How to pronounce timer (audio)
: one that times: such as
: timepiece
especially : a stopwatch for timing races
: a device (such as a clock) that indicates by a sound the end of an interval of time or that starts or stops a device at predetermined times

Example Sentences

He was the official timer for the race. She set the timer on the oven for one hour. The timer is set to go off in 15 minutes.
Recent Examples on the Web Other common features include a timer, night light, and essential oil diffuser. Jamie Weissman, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Apr. 2023 Another option could be to use a sleep timer, especially if the goal is to help during the period of sleep initiation at the beginning of the night. Cathy Cassata, Health, 27 Mar. 2023 Some of the most common features include: Auto-off timer: Automatically turns off after a set amount of time. Lindsay Modglin, Verywell Health, 10 Mar. 2023 Among the items found in the Highland Park-area home of Robert Crimo III days after the attack were commercial components used for explosions and a timer, according to the Chicago Tribune report. Fox News, 3 Mar. 2023 With five water-pressure modes and a two-minute timer, the brand's Cordless Oral Irrigator earned perfect scores for effectiveness and settings. Theresa Holland, Peoplemag, 2 Mar. 2023 In regards to the pitch clock: A strike is now added to the count if the batter isn’t in the box by the eight-second mark of the timer. Dallas News, 24 Feb. 2023 Set timers, get notifications that your food is ready to be flipped, and control the temperature from your smartphone. Andrea Wurzburger, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Apr. 2023 As a result, for the first time since 1970, the Final Four had three first timers (San Diego State, Florida Atlantic and Miami), and the NCAA’s TV partners had a problem. Terence Moore, Forbes, 2 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of timer was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Timer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timer. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


tim·​er ˈtī-mər How to pronounce timer (audio)
: a clocklike device that turns something on or off at a set time or gives a signal at the end of a period of time

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