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[tahy-mer] /ˈtaɪ mər/
a person or thing that times.
a person who measures or records time.
a device for indicating or measuring elapsed time, as a stopwatch.
a device for controlling machinery, appliances, or the like, in a specified way at a predetermined time:
Please put the roast in the oven and set the timer to cook it for two hours.
(in an internal-combustion engine) a set of points actuated by a cam, which causes the spark for igniting the charge at the instant required.
Origin of timer
1490-1500; time + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for timer
  • Many of the photographs have timer clocks in the background.
  • And if food access were not a problem, if it were solved, the dramatic increase in fed people would accelerate that timer.
  • If you really want to go a step ahead, use a timer to see how long birds stay and visit each pan.
  • He had set the detonation timer, disguised as a calculator, when seeing her off to the airport.
  • As contestants finished, they smacked a timer, then closed their eyes and put their heads down on the table.
  • When the timer beeps, he pulls the plate out and gazes at it.
  • Every old timer that gets on about the weather says they've never seen the conditions that's been going on over the past year.
  • To me, as a first-timer, this was amazing to see in action.
  • And of course, buy a timer and have it turn on your machine a couple hours before you are going to use it.
  • Immediately afterward the rockets fired in sequence, having been triggered by either a timer or a remote control.
British Dictionary definitions for timer


a device for measuring, recording, or indicating time
a switch or regulator that causes a mechanism to operate at a specific time or at predetermined intervals
a person or thing that times
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for timer



Wait: stop talking or doing something: Time out. It's my turn

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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