What is time?

  • (noun): The continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past.
    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 ... 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 ...
Alfred Korzybski - Early Life and Career
... Korzybski was born in Warsaw, Poland which at that time was part of the Russian Empire ... In the book, he proposed 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 ...
Dallas Cowboys - Rivalries - Washington Redskins
... 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 played each other ... 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 ...
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 ...
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 1970, not counting ... 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":

  • (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): Assign a time for an activity or event.
    Example: "The candidate carefully timed his appearance at the disaster scene"
  • (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): 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): 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"
  • (verb): Set the speed, duration, or execution of.
    Example: "We time the process to manufacture our cars very precisely"
  • (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 period of time a prisoner is imprisoned.
    Example: "He is doing time in the county jail"
    Synonyms: prison term, sentence
  • (verb): Regulate or set the time of.
    Example: "Time the clock"
  • (noun): An instance or single occasion for some event.
    Example: "This time he succeeded"
    Synonyms: clip
  • (noun): Rhythm as given by division into parts of equal time.
    Synonyms: meter, metre
  • (noun): A suitable moment.
    Example: "It is time to go"
  • (noun): The fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event.
    Synonyms: fourth dimension
  • (noun): A person's experience on a particular occasion.
    Example: "He had a time holding back the tears"; "they had a good time together"

Famous quotes containing the word time:

    My time has been passed viciously and agreeably; at thirty-one so few years months days hours or minutes remain that “Carpe Diem” is not enough. I have been obliged to crop even the seconds—for who can trust to tomorrow?
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824)

    The time comes when each one of us has to give up as illusions the expectations which, in his youth, he pinned upon his fellow- men, and when he may learn how much difficulty and pain has been added to his life by their ill-will.
    Sigmund Freud (1856–1939)

    The first in time and the first in importance of the influences upon the mind is that of nature. Every day, the sun; and after sunset, night and her stars. Ever the winds blow; ever the grass grows.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)