What is time?

  • (noun): An instance or single occasion for some event.
    Example: "This time he succeeded"
    Synonyms: clip
    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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Some articles on time:

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 ... I never called Edith Luthien – but she was the source of the story that in time became the chief part of the Silmarillion ... woodland glade filled 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) ...
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 ...
Alfred Korzybski - Early Life and Career
... Korzybski was born in Warsaw, Poland which at that time was part of the Russian Empire ... and explained in 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) ...
Dallas Cowboys - Rivalries - Washington Redskins
... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ...

More definitions of "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"
  • (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
  • (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 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 fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event.
    Synonyms: fourth dimension
  • (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"
  • (noun): The period of time a prisoner is imprisoned.
    Example: "He is doing time in the county jail"
    Synonyms: prison term, sentence
  • (noun): Rhythm as given by division into parts of equal time.
    Synonyms: meter, metre
  • (verb): Assign a time for an activity or event.
    Example: "The candidate carefully timed his appearance at the disaster scene"
  • (verb): Set the speed, duration, or execution of.
    Example: "We time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely"
  • (noun): The continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past.
  • (verb): Regulate or set the time of.
    Example: "Time the clock"
  • (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 suitable moment.
    Example: "It is time to go"

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    We stood talking for some time together of Bishop Berkeley’s ingenious sophistry to prove the non-existence of matter, and that every thing in the universe is merely ideal. I observed, that though we are satisfied his doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it. I shall never forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it, “I refute it thus.”
    Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)