|1.||a bomb containing a timing mechanism that determines the time at which it will detonate|
|2.||a situation which, if allowed to continue, will develop into a serious problem|
time bombn. A subspecies of logic bomb that is triggered by reaching some preset time, either once or periodically. There are numerous legends about time bombs set up by programmers in their employers' machines, to go off if the programmer is fired or laid off and is not present to perform the appropriate suppressing action periodically.