tim·​er ˈtī-mər How to pronounce timer (audio)
: one that times: such as
: timepiece
especially : a stopwatch for timing races
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The faux candles are powered by flickering LED lights, which have a timer. Blake Bakkila, Architectural Digest, 17 July 2024 The Arduino Plug and Make Kit includes tutorials on how to use each component and step-by-step instructions on how to assemble them to build seven devices, such as a video game controller, a synthesizer, a touchless lamp, and an electronic hourglass timer. Andrew Liszewski, The Verge, 11 July 2024 For starters, the timer will remain in place: three minutes for the first two rounds and two minutes for the championship round. Matt Guzman, Kansas City Star, 10 July 2024 The music comes from a digital file set to a timer and played through a large console covered in switches and a microphone housed at the base’s Security Forces unit. Christopher Spata, Orlando Sentinel, 4 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for timer 

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of timer was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Timer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timer. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


tim·​er ˈtī-mər How to pronounce timer (audio)
: a clocklike device that turns something on or off at a set time or gives a signal at the end of a period of time

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