What is time?

  • (noun): A person's experience on a particular occasion.
    Example: "He had a time holding back the tears"; "they had a good time together"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Time

Time is a dimension in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them. Time has long been a major subject of study in religion, philosophy, and science, but defining it in a manner applicable to all fields without circularity has consistently eluded scholars. Nevertheless, diverse fields such as business, industry, sports, the sciences, music, dance, and the live theater all incorporate some notion of time into their respective measuring systems. Some simple, relatively uncontroversial definitions of time include "time is what clocks measure" and "time is what keeps everything from happening at once".

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Dallas Cowboys - Rivalries - Washington Redskins
... and Dallas Cowboys enjoy what has been called by Sports Illustrated the top NFL rivalry of all time and "one of the greatest in sports." The two teams' storied rivalry goes back to 1960 when the two clubs first ... Since that time, the two teams have met in 100 regular season contests and two NFC Championships ... Dallas leads the regular season all-time series 61–40–2, and the Redskins lead the all-time playoff series 2–0 ...
Unix Time
... Unix time, or POSIX time, is a system for describing instances in time, defined as the number of seconds that have elapsed since midnight Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), 1 January ... It is neither a linear representation of time nor a true representation of UTC ... Unix time may be checked on some Unix systems by typing date +%s on the command line ...
J. R. R. Tolkien - Biography - World War I - Home Front
... It was at this time that Edith bore their first child, John Francis Reuel Tolkien ... Luthien – but she was the source of the story that in time became the chief part of the Silmarillion ... with hemlocks at Roos in Yorkshire (where I was for a brief time in command of an outpost of the Humber Garrison in 1917, and she was able to live with me for a while) ...
Alfred Korzybski - Early Life and Career
... Korzybski was born in Warsaw, Poland which at that time was part of the Russian Empire ... detail a new theory of humankind mankind as a "time-binding" class of life (humans perform time binding by the transmission of knowledge and abstractions through time which are accreted in cultures) ...
Weighted Mean - Decreasing Strength of Interactions
... Consider the time series of an independent variable and a dependent variable, with observations sampled at discrete times ... In many common situations, the value of at time depends not only on but also on its past values ... as the separation of observations in time increases ...

More definitions of "time":

  • (noun): Rhythm as given by division into parts of equal time.
    Synonyms: meter, metre
  • (noun): An indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities).
    Example: "He waited a long time"; "the time of year for planting"; "he was a great actor is his time"
  • (noun): A period of time considered as a resource under your control and sufficient to accomplish something.
    Example: "Take time to smell the roses"; "I didn't have time to finish"; "it took more than half my time"
  • (noun): The time as given by a clock.
    Example: "Do you know what time it is?"; "the time is 10 o'clock"
    Synonyms: clock time
  • (noun): The continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past.
  • (verb): Set the speed, duration, or execution of.
    Example: "We time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely"
  • (verb): Assign a time for an activity or event.
    Example: "The candidate carefully timed his appearance at the disaster scene"
  • (noun): The fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event.
    Synonyms: fourth dimension
  • (verb): Measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time.
    Synonyms: clock
  • (noun): A suitable moment.
    Example: "It is time to go"
  • (verb): Adjust so that a force is applied an an action occurs at the desired time.
    Example: "The good player times his swing so as to hit the ball squarely"
  • (verb): Regulate or set the time of.
    Example: "Time the clock"
  • (noun): The period of time a prisoner is imprisoned.
    Example: "He is doing time in the county jail"
    Synonyms: prison term, sentence
  • (noun): An instance or single occasion for some event.
    Example: "This time he succeeded"
    Synonyms: clip

Famous quotes containing the word time:

    As the farmer casts into the ground the finest ears of his grain, the time will come when we too shall hold nothing back, but shall eagerly convert more than we now possess into means and powers, when we shall be willing to sow the sun and the moon for seeds.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Now it is the time of night
    That the graves, all gaping wide,
    Every one lets forth his sprite
    In the church-way paths to glide.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    I am from time to time congratulating myself on my general want of success as a lecturer; apparent want of success, but is it not a real triumph? I do my work clean as I go along, and they will not be likely to want me anywhere again. So there is no danger of my repeating myself, and getting to a barrel of sermons, which you must upset, and begin again with.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)