time-n; 12 Senses

Sense Number 1: event or occasion when something happens

Commentary:TIME[+event][+temporal][+occasion] An event or occasion when something happens

This time Mary is going to pay for lunch.
Next time I see him, I'll give him your business card.
It was only the second time they had ever met each other.
The nurse visits the patients four times a day. (four occasions)
This is not the time to remind John of his defeat in the local election.
I'll be happy to help at any time. (a future hypothetical event is implied here)
I had a wonderful time at the party.
They are having a rough time dealing with their daughter's suicide.
The park is beautiful this time of year.
It's time to give the baby his medicine.
The umpire called time. (a moment which stops the game play)
The soccer player scored three minutes from time. (the moment the game ends)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4, 7

Sense Number 2: historical period or epoch defined by a characteristic

Commentary:TIME[+event_set][+period][+epoch][+historical][+characterized] A span of time, a period or epoch, characterized by some attribute
NOTE: what is emphasized is the type of events or circumstances of that time span.

Those were difficult times during the Great Depression.
During Victorian times, young unmarried ladies did not travel unescorted.
The book describes ship-building technology during the time of Columbus.
It was a time of great change in their country.
She knew many of the famous painters of her time. (of her historical era)
His time in the navy was spent mostly in the Pacific.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: personal free time, a resource

Commentary:TIME[+quantity][+span][+temporal][+resource][+possession] Time as a resource or a possession,
NOTE: implies personal choice in how the time is spent

I don't know where all of my time goes.
Don't waste your time, he'll never listen.
'I can always make time for ice cream', Sally said.
The boss told them they could surf the Internet on their own time.
We took our time exploring small shops on the side streets of Venice.
Mary spends a lot of time perusing the antique shops in the area.
The teacher told the students to use their time wisely.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: continuous passage of events from now into the future

NOTE: emphasis is on the general passage of time itself, not a characterized historical or seasonal epoch (Sense 2)
NOTE: also not a reference to a delimited event or circumstance (Sense 1)

It takes time and determination to build a business.
How much time do we have before the meeting starts?
Time flies when you're having fun.
For some time now John has had a crush on Mary.
What will the universe be like at the end of time?
He is one of the greatest poets of all time.
It has always been that way, since time began.
Tachyons are hypothetical particles that travel backwards through time.
The theory of relativity holds that time is the fourth dimension.
One physicist has argued that time does not exist and tries to show this through his equations.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5, 8

Sense Number 5: a measurement given on a clock

Commentary:TIME[+quantity][+measurement][+temporal][+of_clock] The number assigned to a specific piece of the day by the clock

What time is it?
The time is four o'clock.
Departure time is 6:15am.
Add nine hours to figure out London time.
The time on that clock is not correct.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 6: accumulation of quantities, e.g., multiplication

Commentary:TIME[+quantity][+unit][+accumulated] Description of the amount by which something has multiplied

New York is ten times the size of this city.
Five goes into fifteen three times.
We earned our investment back many times over on this deal.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 9a-

Sense Number 7: a recorded amount of clock time for a task

Commentary:TIME[+quantity][+span][+temporal][+recorded][+on_clock] The recorded amount of clock time taken to accomplish a task
NOTE: measures a recorded -length- of time, not a point (Sense 5)

My best time is 10.564 seconds.
The runner turned in one of his worst times in the last relay.
What was your split time for the last mile of the marathon?
The time it takes to get from Gate 17 Terminal A to Gate 12 Terminal B is a

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2m-

Sense Number 8: jail time

Commentary:TIME[+state][+social][+period][+incarceration] The period of time a prisoner is in prison

He is doing time in the county jail.
How much time did they do for the armer robbery?
The judge shortened his time for good behavior.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 10

Sense Number 9: rhythmic divisions of music

Commentary:TIME[+quantity][+span][+temporal][+unit][+rhythm][+musical] Rhythm as given by division into parts of equal time.

A jig is in six-eight time.
He was in time with the beat.
That tune is written in waltz time.
The conductor kept time with his baton.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 9

Sense Number 10: Placeholder Sense: Do Not Choose


WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 11: rate of throughput

Commentary:TIME[+quantity][+measurement][+rate][+throughput] The rate at which something occurs.

The children filed in one at a time.
Tom can juggle six balls at a time.
How many times a second does the propeller rotate?
It burns calories four times faster than walking. (a rate of burning)

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 7a

Sense Number 12: Idioms

Commentary:be_about_time (something should be happening) against_time (with utmost speed) ahead_of_time (ahead of schedule) ahead_of_one's_time (having ideas more advanced than one's contemporaries) all_the_time (very frequently) at_one_time (during some unspecified period of the past) at_the_same_time (simultaneously) at_times (on unspecified occasion) before_time (before schedule) behind_time (behind schedule) behind_the_times (out of date) for_the_time_being (at present until some future unspecified date) not_give_someone_the_time_of_day (be unfriendly, ignore someone) half_the_time (as often as not) in_no_time, no_time (very quickly) in_one's_own_time (at one's own rate, unrushed) in_time (not late) keep_good/bad_time (a clock's ability to measure time accurately) lose_no_time (do something immediately) on_time (punctual) pass_the_time_of_day (exchange in chit chat, casual conversation) time_after_time (frequently) time_and_again (on unspecified occasions) time_is_money (don't engage in wasteful activities, time is a precious resource) time_was (there was once a situation) only_time_will_tell (the truth or consequence will be established at a future date) time_immemorial (long, long ago) time_out_of_mind (long, long ago)
NOTE: Use this sense for other idiomatic phrases involving 'time' which may not be included here

It's about time he came clean and admitted his mistakes.
The surgeons were racing against time to save the child.
Let's get to the theater ahead of time so we can get good seats.
He was a composer far ahead of his time.
The patient complained of hearing voices in his head all the time.
At one time she was a nurse in the Washington D.C. area.
I like him but at the same time I don't completely trust him.
At times she would become sullen for no apparent reason.
Is it still before time to plant the bulbs for next spring?
John will make the meeting unless his plane is behind time.
Mary thinks that candidate is behind the times when it comes to trade treaties.
For the time being the company is not planning any layoffs.
After Bob's comment, Sally wouldn't give him the time of day.
Half the time the students don't turn in their homework.
Spring will be here in no time.
The waiter got to our table in his own sweet time.
There is some danger that, in time, he may not be able to withstand the temptation.
We didn't get back in time to go to the party.
My watch keeps pretty good time.
John lost no time in moving in on Mary after she broke up with Tom.
She always pays her bills on time.
The two friends sat on a wall, passing the time of day.
Time after time she told the boy to pick his clothes up off the floor.
We go to that pub time and again.
Time is money - especially when you enlist the service of a lawyer!
Time was you could build a fire on the beach and sleep there overnight.
Only time will tell whether the stimulus package helps the economy.
Their tribe has always fished these waters from time immemorial.
Locals say the building has stood there for time out of mind.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: Idiom