up·​time ˈəp-ˌtīm How to pronounce uptime (audio)
: time during which a piece of equipment (such as a computer) is functioning or able to function

Examples of uptime in a Sentence

We need to maximize network uptime.
Recent Examples on the Web Maintaining uptime becomes even more important to reduce the use of diesel fuel to power backup generators. Phillip Marangella, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 With redundant systems in place, the uptime is often higher than traditional hosting methods. Deepak Tiwari, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 That money is part of nearly $5 billion earmarked to build fast-charging stations along highways, with a crucial 97 percent uptime requirement for the funding. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 26 Sep. 2023 The sites will use the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure guidelines, which means, among other things, 97 percent uptime for each charging port. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 26 July 2023 They’re designed to process large amounts of critical data while maintaining a 99.999 percent uptime—that’s a bit over five minutes' worth of outage per year. Andrew Hudson, Ars Technica, 24 July 2023 The company says that the average uptime of Supercharger sites last year amounted to 99.95 percent, down marginally from 99.96 percent in 2021. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 19 Dec. 2023 As part of the final rule for National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Standards and Requirements, there is a minimum uptime metric, and uptime isn’t always accurately reported. Stacy Noblet, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 The pressure has been building for data center operators and the IT industry to deliver greater efficiency while maintaining predictable uptime. Sanjoy Maity, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uptime was in 1958

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“Uptime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uptime. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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