timescale

noun

time·​scale ˈtīm-ˌskāl How to pronounce timescale (audio)
: an arrangement of events used as a measure of the relative or absolute duration or antiquity of a period of history or geologic or cosmic time

Examples of timescale in a Sentence

When considered on the 4.6 billion year timescale of the Earth, our lives can seem insignificant. What is the timescale for completion of the work?
Recent Examples on the Web Once its polypeptide chain is assembled, a protein can fold into its structure within a thousandth of a second — a timescale that perplexed the molecular biologist Cyrus Levinthal. Quanta Magazine, 26 June 2024 The timescale is so different for us than for the fans. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 25 June 2024 But for more massive systems at much closer distances, like binary neutron star systems or binary black hole systems, inspirals and mergers can take place in much shorter periods of time: timescales that are less than ~1010 years, or younger than the age of the Universe. Big Think, 21 June 2024 On the timescale of decades, even much of the reef rubble will fade away, as there will be no (or few) live hard corals to build new skeletons and plenty of forces to erode the ones that remain. Benji Jones, Vox, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for timescale 

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of timescale was in 1890

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“Timescale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timescale. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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timescale

noun
time·​scale ˈtīm-ˌskāl How to pronounce timescale (audio)
: an arrangement of events used as a measure of the duration or age of a period of history or geologic or cosmic time
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