time·​scale | \ ˈtīm-ˌskāl How to pronounce timescale (audio) \

Definition of timescale

: 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 Vacation days are nice—and Americans should get more of them—but truly helping people to be more than just their job would mean thinking on a bigger timescale. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 23 May 2022 This is a sensible timescale and fits with the CBDC agenda because the Bank of England have already said that the introduction of retail CBDC will be sometime beyond 2025 (and the Federal Reserve exhibit similar caution). David G.w. Birch, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2022 We’ve not been give a timescale for that (other than ‘soon’), but please keep a look out for upcoming software updates. Chris Smith, BGR, 24 Mar. 2022 Although methane emissions are relatively low compared to CO2 emissions, each ton has a whopping 30 to 80 times the relative warming potential (depending on the timescale of interest). K.e.d. Coan, Ars Technica, 2 Mar. 2022 But by the 1970s, scientists were finding evidence that Darwin might be wrong—at least about the timescale. Amit Katwala, Wired, 4 Feb. 2022 The timescale for a catastrophic comet impact is short, perhaps as short as six months, more likely a few years. Rebecca Oppenheimer, Scientific American, 30 Dec. 2021 What is possible for a high income country like the UK might not be possible for Egypt, at least not in the same timescale. Sverre Alvik, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 The Doomsday Clock—arguably the most deliberate attempt to keep our focus on these threats—is currently perched at 100 seconds to midnight, putting us at roughly a minute and a half, in the timescale of existential risk, from our final demise. Meghan O'gieblyn, Wired, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of timescale

1890, in the meaning defined above

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28 May 2022

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“Timescale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timescale. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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