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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The timing of it all is a bit suspicious, given the backlash about the USB 3.2 branding scheme. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The new USB4 spec promises a lot: Thunderbolt 3 support, 40Gbps bandwidth, and less confusion," 5 Mar. 2019 Given fashion's ongoing love affair with the ugly shoe trend, the timing of Valentino's collaboration with Birkenstock is perfect. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Valentino Birkenstocks Are Now Available to Shop for $495," 27 Feb. 2019 The timing of the decline was important because December is the final month of the holiday season, typically a profitable period for retailers, especially department stores, clothing outlets and online sellers. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bonds Rise on Weak Retail Sales," 14 Feb. 2019 Coming right after the holidays, the timing of this shutdown is extra harsh. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "These Women Are Still Waiting for Their Paycheck Because of the Government Shutdown," 11 Jan. 2019 But the timing of the gadget’s rollout was tone-deaf. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 The timing of this announcement is certainly quite bittersweet, after fans mourned the loss of screenwriter William Goldman last week. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "That PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 you’ve been asking for is coming—with Fred Savage," 19 Nov. 2018 What’s more notable about Puciato’s op-ed is the timing of its appearance: Spotify, over the past several months, has pushed a number of initiatives that have alarmed and ruffled the feathers of its label partners. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Spotify's Artist Platform Runs Op-Ed On Reasons Not to Sign to Record Labels," 6 July 2018 He was cut off for only a moment, but the timing of the mistake was both ironic and so relatable. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Gets Called Out for an Awkward Technical Error During Carson Daly's Speech," 19 Dec. 2018

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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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