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
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Manzie said the timing could be right, and pointed to Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s fiscal year 2020 budget message that touted a need to boost tourism investments. al, "‘Iconic music festival belongs in Mobile’: Optimism surfaces after TenSixtyFive cancellation," 7 Sep. 2019 That state officials would investigate Facebook and other big tech companies over antitrust and other issues had been expected, although the timing was unclear. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "New Google and Facebook Inquiries Show Big Tech Scrutiny Is Rare Bipartisan Act," 6 Sep. 2019 Now For Ramaphosa the timing could not have been worse as the country hosts the annual World Economic Forum meeting on Africa this week in Cape Town. Ian Bremmer, Time, "What the Xenophobic Violence Gripping South Africa Means for Future of Country," 6 Sep. 2019 But in the world of selling or trading in an old iPhone, timing is everything. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Want to Upgrade Your iPhone? Here Are the Best and Worst Times to Sell or Trade in Your Old One," 3 Sep. 2019 Lannon gets to celebrate a big anniversary with a bit of history The timing has been great for Amy Martin, the director at the Sussex Lisbon Historical Society who is plotting Lannon’s 90th anniversary of incorporation in 2020. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "40 years ago, the first live ESPN game ever broadcast was at Joecks Field in Lannon. How did it happen?," 28 Aug. 2019 The timing was important to Cincinnati, Bohn said, because the school needed the money to help pay for an indoor bubble facility. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Why it took Ohio State and Cincinnati 16 years and multiple revisions to finish two-game series," 26 Aug. 2019 The timing was perfect for the annual Cruisin’ on Main Street Antique Car Show. Quoron Walker, courant.com, "Cars Exhibit Drives By WORK_SPACE," 22 Aug. 2019 Clearly, the timing is perfect for this announcement. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Matrix 4 is happening. Keanu Reeves, Carrie Ann Moss, and Lana Wachowski will all return.," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of timing

circa 1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of timing was circa 1659

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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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