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

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 If that’s 500°F, set your timer for seen minutes when cooking pizza. Carlo Mirarchi, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2021 Zadina had multiple good chances, trying his one-timer during one power play, and opting to hold onto the puck on the second power play, trying instead to fire a wrist shot at the goalie. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 28 Nov. 2021 Ratajkowski sets her own timer and poses for her literary portrait. Jordan Taliha Mcdonald, Vulture, 9 Nov. 2021 Toby set his iPhone timer and got down on one knee. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 8 Nov. 2021 Now set your timer for three minutes and review the list. Nell Derick Debevoise, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 When the timer expires, pharmacists remove only the drugs needed for that day. Talia Soglin, chicagotribune.com, 30 Nov. 2021 Sooner or later, no matter how escapist the ambience, there’s no avoiding the ninety-minute timer on your table. The New Yorker, 19 Nov. 2021 As the timer began, both dads buckled down to quickly change each doll's diaper. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 22 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of timer

1841, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2022

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“Timer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timer. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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. : stopwatch 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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Nglish: Translation of timer for Spanish Speakers


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