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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Recent Examples on the Web Some of these tasks can include: washing fruits and vegetables, pouring ingredients into a bowl, stirring ingredients, setting a timer, and other small tasks. Kelly Mcgowan, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Safe Kids Carroll: Thanksgiving a perfect time to remind family of safe cooking tips," 9 Nov. 2019 Break into small teams and set a timer for 15 minutes. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "These 12 techniques will change brainstorming forever," 26 Oct. 2019 The loop takes about an hour and is appropriate for first-timers. Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, "A weekend in Santa Barbara is more affordable than you might think," 28 Sep. 2019 For first-timers, deciding where to go can be daunting, especially with dozens of restaurants across the Valley from which to choose. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "It's almost Arizona Restaurant Week. Here are 10 metro Phoenix restaurants worth trying," 13 Sep. 2019 Just for the old-timers, the 1933 World Series — the last time a DC team played in the Fall Classic — went five games, with the New York Giants winning the title. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Stoetzer: Crossing World Series off sports bucket list was ... boring," 27 Oct. 2019 Echo Dot with Clock is also great as a timer, with a physical countdown appearing on the front screen. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Echo Dot with Clock: A simple but useful upgrade," 18 Oct. 2019 The Black Dog Cafe, a Lowertown old-timer, is open all day and has live music (jazz, roots, bluegrass) most nights. Washington Post, "St. Paul," 9 Oct. 2019 Ramirez put away a first-timer, off a feed from Alberth Elis, from the center of the area to give Houston (12-18-4) a 3-2 lead in the 83rd minute. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ramirez scores twice, Dynamo beat Galaxy 3-2," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of timer

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of timer was in 1841

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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Timer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timer. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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How to pronounce timer (audio)

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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