tim·​ing | \ ˈtī-miŋ How to pronounce timing (audio) \

Definition of timing

1a : placement or occurrence in time the timing of the sale couldn't have been better
b : the ability to select the precise moment for doing something for optimum effect a boxer with impeccable timing
2 : observation and recording (as by a stopwatch) of the elapsed time of an act, action, or process

Examples of timing in a Sentence

The timing of the sale could not have been better. Her timing was a little off and she missed the shot. an athlete with impeccable timing
Recent Examples on the Web McInerney says when the theater learned on May 2 that Daniel José Molina, who plays Charlie in the play, tested positive, the timing was on their side. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 10 May 2022 About 36% said the timing wasn't right, while about 20% said that having a child would disrupt their future educational or work potential, according to an earlier paper based on the survey. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 9 May 2022 When Piedmont Columbus Regional recently raised a flag at 1:08 p.m. to highlight the importance of organ donation, the timing was intentional. Brittany Mcgee, ajc, 7 May 2022 Racing against a state champion brought out the best in Winter Springs senior Caroline Wells on Friday night, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Jeff Gardenour, Orlando Sentinel, 7 May 2022 Ana said it’s selfish of women to get abortions just because the timing is inconvenient. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 While Solana continued to generate buzz at the event, the timing couldn’t have been worse. Nina Bambysheva, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The timing for the storms will mainly be in the afternoon and early evening hours, though some storms will linger into the overnight time frame. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 30 Apr. 2022 While the effort to grow these new varieties started before the invasion of Ukraine in late February, the timing couldn't be better. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of timing

circa 1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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14 May 2022

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“Timing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timing. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for timing


tim·​ing | \ ˈtī-miŋ \

Kids Definition of timing

: the time when something happens or is done especially when it is thought of as having a good or bad effect on the result

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