1. the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another.
2. duration regarded as belonging to the present life as distinct from the life to come or from eternity; finite duration.
3. (sometimes initial capital letter) a system or method of measuring or reckoning the passage of time.
4. a limited period or interval, as between two successive events.
5. a particular period considered as distinct from other periods
6. Often, times
a. a period in the history of the world, or contemporary with the life or
activities of a notable person.
b. the period or era now or previously present.
c. a period considered with reference to its events or prevailing conditions,
tendencies, ideas, etc.
7. a prescribed or allotted period, as of one's life, for payment of a debt, etc.
8. the end of a prescribed or allotted period, as of one's life or a pregnancy.
9. a period with reference to personal experience of a specified kind.
10.a period of work of an employee, or the pay for it; working hours or days or an hourly or daily pay rate.
11.Informal. a term of enforced duty or imprisonment.
12.the period necessary for or occupied by something.
13.leisure time; sufficient or spare time.
14.a particular or definite point in time, as indicated by a clock.
15.a particular part of a year, day, etc.; season or period.
16.an appointed, fit, due, or proper instant or period.
17.the particular point in time when an event is scheduled to take place.
18.an indefinite, frequently prolonged period or duration in the future.
19.the right occasion or opportunity.
20.each occasion of a recurring action or event.
21.times, used as a multiplicative word in phrasal combinations expressing how many instances of a quantity or factor are taken together.
22.Drama. one of the three Unities.
23.Prosody. a unit or a group of units in the measurement of meter.
a. tempo; relative rapidity of movement.
b. the metrical duration of a note or rest.
c. proper or characteristic tempo.
d. the general movement of a particular kind of musical composition with reference
to its rhythm, metrical structure, and tempo.
e. the movement of a dance or the like to music so arranged.
25.Military. rate of marching, calculated on the number of paces taken per minute.
26.Manège. each completed action or movement of the horse.
27.of, pertaining to, or showing the passage of time.
28.(of an explosive device) containing a clock so that it will detonate at the desired moment: a time bomb.
29.Commerce. payable at a stated period of time after presentment: time drafts or notes.
30.of or pertaining to purchases on the instalment plan, or with payment postponed.
–verb (used with object)
31.to measure or record the speed, duration, or rate of: to time a race.
32.to fix the duration of some occurrence
33.to fix the interval between (actions, events, etc.)
34.to regulate (a train, clock, etc.) as to time.
35.to appoint or choose the moment or occasion for; schedule,
–verb (used without object)
36.to keep time; sound or move in unison.
Pebble after pebble,
Time is gnawing at our bones
Despite copious Champagne libations.
Breath after breath,
Time is sucking our life
Despite our ritual sacrifice of many victuals.
Moment after moment,
Time will win always, the greedy fool,
In spite of our murmured - or hollered - wishes.
haiku 8th November 2017
1 week ago