tim·​ing ˈtī-miŋ How to pronounce timing (audio)
: placement or occurrence in time
the timing of the sale couldn't have been better
: the ability to select the precise moment for doing something for optimum effect
a boxer with impeccable timing
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of timing was circa 1659

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“Timing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timing. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: selection for best effect of the exact moment for beginning or doing something
: observation and recording (as by a stopwatch) of the time taken by something

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