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 Dodgers pitching greats Don Sutton, right, and Sandy Koufax talk before an old-timers game at Dodger Stadium in 2013. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, "This day in sports: Don Sutton earns 209th win, moving into tie atop Dodgers’ list," 9 May 2020 The baby is healthy, especially for relative old-timers like us. Joseph Horton, Time, "I Watched My Baby’s First Ultrasound From My Car in a Parking Lot Across the Street," 13 Apr. 2020 With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Candyman reboot delayed until September due to coronavirus," 3 Apr. 2020 But despite his excellent form, Williamson was outshone by the old-timer Tuesday. Ben Morse, CNN, "LeBron James calls Zion Williamson 'special' after pair's first clash," 26 Feb. 2020 The patio is often packed with all sorts of people: families with young children, tech workers and old-timers. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Falafel’s Drive-In in San Jose will cure what ails you," 17 Feb. 2020 But the old-timers can testify that this fairytale of stakeholder capitalism in paradise was real enough. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "This Is How Bernie Wins," 7 Feb. 2020 The Monocle isn’t a culinary utopia where Republicans and Democrats yuk it up together, engaging in the kind of cross-aisle socializing whose demise misty-eyed old-timers lament. Washington Post, "Partisan warfare rages just steps away. But at the Monocle, ‘You check all that at the door.’," 31 Jan. 2020 Chung spends more time with the youngsters and the old-timer than seems genuinely necessary, but these are among the film’s best scenes, at once droll, impudent and true-to-life. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Minari': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 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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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Timer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timer. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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