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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With the World Cup starting one month before camps open, timing wasn't great for American players who don't prioritize international play. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "What went wrong? What's next? Burning questions for USA Basketball ahead of Olympics," 13 Sep. 2019 Control measures work on crawlers, but timing is everything. oregonlive, "Avoid overhead watering to keep fungus off peonies: Ask an expert," 12 Sep. 2019 Candice and Hassan’s love story proves that sometimes, timing is everything. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss: Candice and Hassan Looked Like Royalty At Their St. Lucia Wedding," 11 Sep. 2019 Detroit's pressure on Murray seemed to throw off his timing and limit his options. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals, Kyler Murray electric in late comeback to earn tie in season opener," 8 Sep. 2019 Its timing fortuitously limits competition for entertainment time and dollars: Ohio State plays Saturday, the Indians are on the road, and the Browns haven't started. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Why is the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic important?," 31 Aug. 2019 But timing is also critical, as the experiment requires that only a single photon from the Sun hits the partially reflecting mirror at the same time that the photon from the quantum dot arrives. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Identical photons generated 150 million kilometers apart," 22 Aug. 2019 Michaels and Bath & Body Works didn’t respond to requests for comment, but past blog posts suggest their timing has remained relatively dependable (which is to say, early), at least for the past decade. Hilary George-parkin, Vox, "Why is Halloween starting in the summer?," 16 Aug. 2019 The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, a live orchestral vision of the doom-laden score of the HBO series, plus projections and special effects, has visited Connecticut before, but timing is everything. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Best bets for arts and entertainment in September," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of timing

circa 1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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