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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Recent Examples on the Web McConnell did not specify the timing, but trying for confirmation in a post-election lame-duck session if Trump had lost to Biden or Republicans had lost the Senate would carry further political complications. Author: Jonathan Lemire And Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump to Senate: Vote ‘without delay’ on his high court pick," 19 Sep. 2020 Also shining in multiple roles: Scott Gilbert, who shows solid comic timing both vocally and physically as not-dead Fred, a very literal minstrel and a delicate prince. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Semi-masked and silly, ‘Spamalot’ gets the job done | Review," 19 Sep. 2020 Though the timing of this announcement adds to the awkwardness, the MVP honor reflects regular-season contributions. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: LeBron James deserved the NBA MVP over Giannis. Here's why.," 18 Sep. 2020 The group proposed the village modify the signal timing at the nearby Legion Drive and put in rectangular rapid flashing yellow beacons at Church Street and Elm Grove street, to accommodate for the uptick in morning and evening trips. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some residents are concerned that the School Sisters of Notre Dame redevelopment plans will change Elm Grove's feel," 17 Sep. 2020 And determining the timing of the various shifts is an interesting contribution. Henry Fountain New York Times, Star Tribune, "Arctic shifting to a new climate because of global warming," 17 Sep. 2020 There's another timing issue in which China has now been very concerned about employment after the COVID outbreak. Fortune, "The U.S. has nailed Chinese companies this year. Why hasn’t Beijing retaliated?," 17 Sep. 2020 Beshear specifically mentioned sporting events in his Tuesday announcement, acknowledging the timing of such events could lead to issues with a 10 p.m. last call. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "'A nail in the coffin.' Ohio bar owners worry about losing business to KY's extended hours," 17 Sep. 2020 Part of that comes down to timing: The major artists most likely to create a body work that speaks directly to the pandemic or the Black Lives Matter protests haven’t had the time to create it yet. Josh Glicksman, Billboard, "How Grammy Voters Are Approaching Album of the Year at the 2021 Ceremony," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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22 Sep 2020

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“Timing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timing. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce timing (audio)

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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