tim·ing | \ˈtī-miŋ \

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
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But as Parker often says, timing can be a funny thing. Jay Reddick, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Col. Robert Parker having fun in MLW after 20 years away from wrestling," 12 July 2018 Nearly all the articles about Zimmerman mentioned her work with this still-relatively-unknown group — and the timing was perfect, as IfNotNow launched their first major campaign since the Gaza conflict just a few days later. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can the young activists of IfNotNow change the conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, or will their contradictions hold them back?," 12 July 2018 But the timing was swift, coming just days after Trump nominated Kavanaugh for the seat to be vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tammy Baldwin to oppose U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh," 12 July 2018 The timing might be right to recognize one of the greatest players in Detroit Red Wings history. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Should Detroit Red Wings retire Sergei Fedorov's No. 91? It's time.," 12 July 2018 On Wednesday, Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz appeared on Fox News and offered this argument on behalf of his colleague: The timing is very suspect. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "The defense of Jim Jordan and the defense of Trump are now intertwined.," 12 July 2018 At a certain point, though, around the time of Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 (and the timing is unlikely to be a coincidence), whites started to flow out of the bucket as fast as non-whites flowed in. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 12 July 2018 Sometimes the timing is just not right for players to make it into the first team at Chelsea. SI.com, "The Winning Way: Why More Top European Clubs Should Adopt Chelsea's Much Debated Loan Policy," 12 July 2018 How, if Clinton had actually beaten Bush in ’92, the timing would have been perfect two years later for some kind of fierce backlash. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of timing

circa 1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners 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

: the ability to choose the best moment for some action, movement, etc.


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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