timer

noun
tim·​er | \ ˈtī-mər How to pronounce timer (audio) \

Definition of timer

: one that times: such as
a : timepiece especially : a stopwatch for timing races
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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These days, five or six old-timers in San Augustine get together each morning in Brookshire Brothers, a grocery store. Emily Foxhall, San Antonio Express-News, "In parts of small-town Texas, the Dairy Queen is closing up," 27 June 2018 The easy-to-operate gadgets have built-in automatic timers, making them basically foolproof—especially compared with retinol and strong-acting creams, which may cause flakiness when applied with a heavy hand. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Here’s How to Get Clearer Skin in 15 Minutes or Less," 23 July 2018 Jaffee explained how to plan and prioritize my days, create a weekly schedule and even how to properly use a timer. Gia Miller, SELF, "Hiring a Coach for My ADHD Transformed My Life and Productivity," 27 Mar. 2019 Essential oil diffusers, particularly those with timers, can be useful to fall asleep to. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "How to Fall Asleep," 12 Mar. 2019 The app also features an integrated food timer so you can get notified when it's done. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Pellet Grills to Buy in 2019, According to Kitchen Appliance and Tech Experts," 27 Feb. 2019 Many part-timers are employed on a contingent basis. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Real Cure for Economic Insecurity," 16 Jan. 2019 Womenswear perennial Marc Jacobs is on the list, as is menswear favorite Thom Browne, and Off-White’s Virgil Abloh made the cut not once, but twice, but all five of the emerging designer nominees are first-timers. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The 2019 CFDA Awards Nominees and Honorees Are Here!," 19 Mar. 2019 Embiid went slightly more old school, saying his favorite all-timer is former MVP Hakeem Olajuwon. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "On Basketball: International stars leaving mark on NBA," 2 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of timer

1841, in the meaning defined above

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timer

noun

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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