tim·er | \ˈtī-mər \

Definition of timer 

: one that times: such as

a : timepiece especially : a stopwatch for timing races

b : timekeeper

c : 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

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Examples of timer in a Sentence

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.
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So adjust your sprinkler timers if they are set for those hours. Mark Skoneki, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Why do Central Floridians water their lawns during rain storms? Let nature keep the grass green," 6 July 2018 First post is at 5 p.m. 1st race CHASE GREATNESS posted a bullet work here earlier this month and Horacio DePaz has excellent numbers with his first timers. Mike Battaglia, The Courier-Journal, "Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia's free expert picks for Thursday," 23 May 2018 The Nenana Ice Classic's iconic tripod tripped its timer at 1:18 p.m. May 1, ending Interior Alaska's annual guessing game for this year's breakup season. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Clock stops in Nenana Ice Classic guessing game," 1 May 2018 When the water starts to boil, turn off the heat, add the tea bags to the water, cover the saucepan, and set your timer for four minutes. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "How to Cook Gourmet Meals in Your Van," 20 Apr. 2018 Lower the heat to maintain a simmer and set a timer for 12 minutes. Sharon Franke, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Make Hard-Boiled Eggs," 27 Mar. 2018 In this case, the child evidently tried a whole lot more than 10 incorrect PINs, disabling the phone and adding time to its countdown timer with each one. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Mother Claims Child Locked Her Out of Her iPhone for 47 Years," 6 Mar. 2018 During the second half, as England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold was about to take a free kick, the television’s standby timer started counting down. NBC News, "Fans howl over taking down World Cup Twitter posts for copyright issues," 14 July 2018 His casting of non-professionals and first-timers is also a bold gamble that pays off. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Volcano': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of timer

1841, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of timer

: a special watch that is used to measure the amount of time that is taken to finish a race, a test, etc.; also : a person who uses such a watch to time someone or something

: a device that makes a sound when a certain amount of time has passed

: a device that can be set to turn something (such as a light) on or off at a certain time

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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