to serve a prison term
If you are in time for a particular event, you are not too late for it.
the time a person has to himself or herself, in which to do something for his or her own enjoyment
If you are on time, you are not late.
an additional period played at the end of a match, to compensate for time lost through injury or (in certain circumstances ) to allow the teams to achieve a conclusive result
The airtime that something gets is the amount of time taken up with broadcasts about it.
You use all-time when you are comparing all the things of a particular type that there have ever been. For example, if you say that something is the all-time best, you mean that it is the best thing of its type that there has ever been.
If you beat time to a piece of music, you move your hand or foot up and down in time with the music. A conductor beats time to show the choir or orchestra how fast they should sing or play the music.
You can use big time to refer to the highest level of an activity or sport where you can achieve the greatest amount of success or importance . If you describe a person as big time, you mean they are successful and important .
a period in which there is a surge of prosperity for a person, place, or industry
→ gain time (sense 2 ) (at → time )
to suspend play temporarily
paid time off from work, given to an employee in lieu of overtime pay
a system permitting flexibility of working hours at the beginning or end of the day, provided an agreed period of each day ( core time ) is spent at work
→ alla breve
the interval of time immediately following a stimulus, during which an electrical device, component, etc, is insensitive to a further stimulus
Face-time is time that you spend talking directly to someone, rather than talking by phone or email.
→ daylight saving time
Full-time work or study involves working or studying for the whole of each normal working week rather than for part of it.
If you do something in order to gain time, you do it in order to give yourself enough time to think of an excuse or a way out of a difficult situation.
(of a person) wildly seeking pleasure
Half-time is the short period of time between the two parts of a sporting event such as a football, rugby, or basketball game, when the players have a short rest.
the amount of time that a person or object is able to remain in the air
You use time or times to talk about a particular period in history or in your life.
the latest possible time; a time that is almost too late
time to go home
time during which a machine or a worker could be working but is not, as when one job has been completed and tooling or materials for the next are not complete or available
to observe correctly the accent or rhythmic pulse of a piece of music in relation to tempo
an occupation that passes the time
Lead time is the time between the original design or idea for a particular product and its actual production.
You use long-time to describe something that has existed or been a particular thing for a long time.
(of a timepiece ) to operate too slowly
to find an opportunity
to not do anything new or decisive, because you are waiting to see how a situation will develop
the time, at a particular place, measured in terms of the passage of the mean sun ; the timescale is not precisely constant
You use time to refer to the period that you spend doing something or when something has been happening .
If you describe something as old-time, you mean that it was common or popular in the past but is not common or popular now .
One-time is used to describe something such as a job, position, or role which someone used to have, or something which happened in the past.
If someone is a part-time worker or has a part-time job, they work for only part of each day or week .
Programmes which are broadcast at peak time are broadcast when the greatest number of people are watching television or listening to the radio.
the scheduled starting time of a horse race
If something is done in real time, there is no noticeable delay between the action and its effect or consequence.
Run time is the time during which a computer program is running .
a slow marching pace, usually 65 or 75 paces to the minute : used esp in funeral ceremonies
a passage where the beat stops temporarily
a prepaid amount of minutes or hours on a mobile phone bill agreement, etc
ticking time bomb:
If you describe something as a time bomb, you mean that it is likely to have a serious effect on a person or situation at a later date, especially if you think it will cause a lot of damage.
(on video or audio tape ) a separate track on which time references are continually recorded in digital form as an aid to editing
a fuse designed to burn for a given time, esp to explode a bomb
A time lag is a fairly long interval of time between one event and another related event that happens after it.