tim·​er | \ˈtī-mər \

Definition of timer 

: one that times: such as

a : timepiece especially : a stopwatch for timing races

b : timekeeper

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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Our conversation was all over the road, which is what happens when a couple of old-timers talk about old times. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "It was a great day to be a Seawolf: McDiffett on 37 years at UAA," 14 June 2018 Their pay, like that of part-timers, cannot be adjusted. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New filings show big pay gaps at retailers, but industry says disclosure rules are unfair," 21 May 2018 One such blue zone is the town of Villagrande Strisaili in the mountains of Sardinia, the Mediterranean island famed for its spectacular beaches, its savory pecorino cheese, and its surprising number of triple-digit old-timers. Bernhard Warner, BostonGlobe.com, "Why women live longer than men — and how men will benefit from it," 13 Apr. 2018 There’s a number of first-timers and a lot of female directors who have done outstanding work in the indie world who weren’t getting their shots [at TV] that we’d been given shots to. Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "Putting 'Scandal' to rest: Havertown's Tom Verica talks - spoiler-free - about directing finale," 12 Apr. 2018 As enrollment of full-timers grew, schools created part-time options, which boosted the bottom line by filling classrooms that otherwise sat empty at night, and added online programs. Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post, "Where student loan debt is a real problem," 5 Jan. 2018 With fewer crowds and calmer vibes, these B sides are as compelling as the big hits, and even first-timers should consider one or more for a best-of-Vietnam trip. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Take Your Vietnam Trip to the Next Level," 20 Nov. 2018 Woman candidates won big, with a record-high of more than 100 women heading to Congress, including many first-timers. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "6 Things to Do to Stay Political Now That Midterms Are Over," 8 Nov. 2018 Here’s how to score a bib—plus four other marathons across the U.S., all great bets for first-timers, that offer easier entry. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "4 Ways to Get Into the NYC Marathon—Plus 4 Marathons That Are Much Easier to Enter," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of timer

1841, in the meaning defined above

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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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