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 The Stars need to find someone to fill his void in his one-timer spot in the left circle on the power play. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "How do the Stars replace Tyler Seguin while he recovers from injury?," 28 Dec. 2020 Take that bad boy out, turn it on, and set your phone-camera timer. Broti Gupta, The New Yorker, "How to Re-create the Holidays at Home This Year," 23 Dec. 2020 This model is super-easy to use with its front knob timer. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best air fryer: Five things to consider," 4 Dec. 2020 These connectible lights include eight modes (combo, waves, sequential, slo-glo, chasing, slow fade, twinkle and steady) and can be put on a timer. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "24 Christmas lights to illuminate your home for the holidays," 1 Dec. 2020 The primary way to earn more time is to kill enemies, which can add anywhere from one to five seconds to your personal timer for each kill. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mario’s early levels wear out their welcome in Super Mario Bros. 35," 1 Oct. 2020 Process jars in your boiling-water canner ($32, The Home Depot) for 15 minutes, starting your timer once the water returns to boiling. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Make Your Own Pickled Cherry Tomatoes to Savor Summer Flavor," 13 Aug. 2020 Then, a persistent timer at the top of the screen starts ticking down—in real time. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2020," 22 Dec. 2020 Air filter and air quality notifications as well as timer and automation settings are all accessible via the app as well. Popular Science, "Best air purifier: Fight allergens, smoke, and germs for cleaner indoor air," 16 Dec. 2020

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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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12 Jan 2021

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“Timer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timer. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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