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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Time  \Time\,  n.;  pl  {Times}.  [OE.  time,  AS  t[=i]ma,  akin  to 
  t[=i]d  time,  and  to  Icel.  t[=i]mi,  Dan.  time  an  hour,  Sw 
  timme.  [root]58.  See  {Tide},  n.] 
  1.  Duration,  considered  independently  of  any  system  of 
  measurement  or  any  employment  of  terms  which  designate 
  limited  portions  thereof. 
 
  The  time  wasteth  [i.  e.  passes  away]  night  and  day 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  I  know  of  no  ideas  .  .  .  that  have  a  better  claim  to 
  be  accounted  simple  and  original  than  those  of  space 
  and  time.  --Reid. 
 
  2.  A  particular  period  or  part  of  duration,  whether  past, 
  present,  or  future;  a  point  or  portion  of  duration;  as 
  the  time  was  or  has  been  the  time  is  or  will  be 
 
  God,  who  at  sundry  times  and  in  divers  manners  spake 
  in  time  past  unto  the  fathers  by  the  prophets. 
  --Heb.  i.  1. 
 
  3.  The  period  at  which  any  definite  event  occurred,  or  person 
  lived;  age;  period;  era;  as  the  Spanish  Armada  was 
  destroyed  in  the  time  of  Queen  Elizabeth;  --  often  in  the 
  plural;  as  ancient  times;  modern  times. 
 
  4.  The  duration  of  one's  life;  the  hours  and  days  which  a 
  person  has  at  his  disposal. 
 
  Believe  me  your  time  is  not  your  own  it  belongs  to 
  God,  to  religion,  to  mankind.  --Buckminster. 
 
  5.  A  proper  time;  a  season;  an  opportunity. 
 
  There  is  .  .  .  a  time  to  every  purpose.  --Eccl.  iii. 
  1. 
 
  The  time  of  figs  was  not  yet  --Mark  xi  13. 
 
  6.  Hour  of  travail,  delivery,  or  parturition. 
 
  She  was  within  one  month  of  her  time.  --Clarendon. 
 
  7.  Performance  or  occurrence  of  an  action  or  event, 
  considered  with  reference  to  repetition;  addition  of  a 
  number  to  itself  repetition;  as  to  double  cloth  four 
  times;  four  times  four  or  sixteen. 
 
  Summers  three  times  eight  save  one  --Milton. 
 
  8.  The  present  life;  existence  in  this  world  as  contrasted 
  with  immortal  life;  definite,  as  contrasted  with  infinite, 
  duration. 
 
  Till  time  and  sin  together  cease.  --Keble. 
 
  9.  (Gram.)  Tense. 
 
  10.  (Mus.)  The  measured  duration  of  sounds;  measure;  tempo; 
  rate  of  movement;  rhythmical  division;  as  common  or 
  triple  time;  the  musician  keeps  good  time. 
 
  Some  few  lines  set  unto  a  solemn  time.  --Beau.  & 
  Fl 
 
  Note:  Time  is  often  used  in  the  formation  of  compounds, 
  mostly  self-explaining;  as  time-battered, 
  time-beguiling,  time-consecrated,  time-consuming, 
  time-enduring,  time-killing,  time-sanctioned, 
  time-scorner,  time-wasting,  time-worn,  etc 
 
  {Absolute  time},  time  irrespective  of  local  standards  or 
  epochs;  as  all  spectators  see  a  lunar  eclipse  at  the  same 
  instant  of  absolute  time. 
 
  {Apparent  time},  the  time  of  day  reckoned  by  the  sun,  or  so 
  that  12  o'clock  at  the  place  is  the  instant  of  the  transit 
  of  the  sun's  center  over  the  meridian. 
 
  {Astronomical  time},  mean  solar  time  reckoned  by  counting  the 
  hours  continuously  up  to  twenty-four  from  one  noon  to  the 
  next 
 
  {At  times},  at  distinct  intervals  of  duration;  now  and  then; 
  as  at  times  he  reads,  at  other  times  he  rides. 
 
  {Civil  time},  time  as  reckoned  for  the  purposes  of  common 
  life  in  distinct  periods,  as  years,  months,  days,  hours, 
  etc.,  the  latter,  among  most  modern  nations,  being  divided 
  into  two  series  of  twelve  each  and  reckoned,  the  first 
  series  from  midnight  to  noon,  the  second  from  noon  to 
  midnight. 
 
  {Common  time}  (Mil.),  the  ordinary  time  of  marching,  in  which 
  ninety  steps,  each  twenty-eight  inches  in  length,  are 
  taken  in  one  minute. 
 
  {Equation  of  time}.  See  under  {Equation},  n. 
 
  {In  time}. 
  a  In  good  season;  sufficiently  early;  as  he  arrived  in 
  time  to  see  the  exhibition. 
  b  After  a  considerable  space  of  duration;  eventually; 
  finally;  as  you  will  in  time  recover  your  health  and 
  strength. 
 
  {Mean  time}.  See  under  4th  {Mean}. 
 
  {Quick  time}  (Mil.),  time  of  marching,  in  which  one  hundred 
  and  twenty  steps,  each  thirty  inches  in  length,  are  taken 
  in  one  minute. 
 
  {Sidereal  time}.  See  under  {Sidereal}. 
 
  {Standard  time},  the  civil  time  that  has  been  established  by 
  law  or  by  general  usage  over  a  region  or  country.  In 
  England  the  standard  time  is  Greenwich  mean  solar  time.  In 
  the  United  States  and  Canada  four  kinds  of  standard  time 
  have  been  adopted  by  the  railroads  and  accepted  by  the 
  people,  viz.,  Eastern,  Central,  Mountain,  and  Pacific 
  time,  corresponding  severally  to  the  mean  local  times  of 
  the  75th,  90th,  105th,  and  120th  meridians  west  from 
  Greenwich,  and  being  therefore  five  six  seven  and  eight 
  hours  slower  than  Greenwich  time. 
 
  {Time  ball},  a  ball  arranged  to  drop  from  the  summit  of  a 
  pole,  to  indicate  true  midday  time,  as  at  Greenwich 
  Observatory,  England.  --Nichol. 
 
  {Time  bargain}  (Com.),  a  contract  made  for  the  sale  or 
  purchase  of  merchandise,  or  of  stock  in  the  public  funds, 
  at  a  certain  time  in  the  future. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  times 
  n  1:  the  circumstances  and  ideas  of  the  present  age;  "behind  the 
  times";  "in  times  like  these"  [syn:  {modern  times},  {present 
  time},  {modern  world},  {contemporary  world}] 
  2:  an  arithmetic  operation  that  is  the  inverse  of  division;  the 
  product  of  two  numbers  is  computed;  "the  multiplication  of 
  four  by  three  gives  twelve";  "four  times  three  equals 
  twelve"  [syn:  {multiplication}] 




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