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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The smooth, flat surface is stainless steel coated in white, and features a touch screen, timer, and the ability to actually choose a specific temperature setting (instead of just spinning a dial, like most space heaters). Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Yes, Attractive Space Heaters Actually Exist," 1 Feb. 2019 The Last Race puts across the filmmaker’s affectionate impressions of the track, through overhead conversations between foul-mouthed old-timers and dreamy shots of beat-up old automobiles roaring across the weary asphalt. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 10 best documentaries of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 The packages contained timers and batteries, but were not rigged to explode upon opening. Colleen Long, The Seattle Times, "Man charged in mail-bomb plot is a Florida Trump supporter," 26 Oct. 2018 Meant to deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin, the travel-friendly brush has two-speed options, a timer, and a protective case that's perfect for packing. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "13 Beauty Essentials You Should Stock Up On During Amazon Prime Day," 16 July 2018 On Portland, Oregon’s de facto restaurant row, SE Division Street, Reel M Inn is an unchangeable dive bar serving Rainier tallboys and bewilderingly excellent (organic, even) fried chicken to off-shift chefs, old-timers, and newbies alike. Marnie Hanel, Bon Appetit, "General Life Advice from the Owner of Portland’s Finest Dive Bar," 6 June 2018 At the time of MacLellan’s message, Washington was trailing the Lightning three games to two in the East, but the hands of fate—specifically Alex Ovechkin’s wicked one-timer and goalie Braden Holtby’s flytrap glove—soon went to work. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "How the Roster Decisions of Golden Knights GM George McPhee Color the Stanley Cup Final," 28 May 2018 Competitive Scrabble players brought their own game boards (all of which swivel), as well as timers and personalized tile bags. Julia Terruso, Philly.com, "The U.S. Scrabble champ is a Lancaster guy with a killer vision," 13 May 2018 Families, first-timers and foodies enjoyed the best Taste of New Orleans has to offer while the weather served up chilly breezes and a cloudy sky Friday night at the Sunken Garden Theater. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Taste of New Orleans welcomes traditionalists, newcomers with chilly weather," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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