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 The amount and timing of the grants was not immediately available. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska will offer free COVID-19 vaccines to tourists starting June 1," 16 Apr. 2021 The company and regulators have been negotiating this week over the wording and timing of an agency warning to alert consumers to potential dangers posed by the company’s Peloton Tread+ — a $4,300 exercise machine, these officials said. Washington Post, "Peloton fights federal safety recall after its treadmills left one child dead, others injured," 16 Apr. 2021 The test firing and dress rehearsal are both timed to mimic actual launch day procedures and timing. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX Crew Dragon cleared for launch to space station next week," 16 Apr. 2021 The timing of adding a housing manager position is related to the recent resignation of the city’s previous part-time property inspector. John Benson, cleveland, "Brooklyn creates housing manager position for better ‘connection with residents’," 15 Apr. 2021 The Miami Democrat also said the timing makes for poor optics, given the unrest in Brooklyn City, Minnesota, following the death of Wright and the nearby trial of Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer who knelt on the neck of Floyd. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Florida Senate Republicans pass DeSantis-backed 'anti-riot' bill," 15 Apr. 2021 However, the timing of Madoff’s arrest in the winter of 2008 tied Madoff to the larger financial crash. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "Bernie Madoff Lives!," 15 Apr. 2021 Imagine the timing to open all in an event of flooding. azcentral, "Trump's border wall scarred sacred lands, displaced wildlife and drained water. Can it be taken down?," 15 Apr. 2021 The lasting impacts of B-cell-depleting therapies have prompted many physicians to recommend that such drugs be administered with careful timing around a COVID-19 shot. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "Some People’s Bodies Aren’t Set Up for Vaccines," 15 Apr. 2021

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Timing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timing. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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