Definition of timetable in English:



  • 1A chart showing the departure and arrival times of trains, buses, or aircraft.

    ‘these itineraries are subject to bus timetables’
    • ‘Instead, companies would have to produce stricter timetables, with departures timed to maximise the number of fee-paying customers per journey.’
    • ‘Are you aware of bus/train routes and timetables?’
    • ‘The auto-teller had swallowed my bank card for no apparent reason, and on my way to meet Mary, a heart attack victim had played havoc with train timetables.’
    • ‘Rail chiefs say the whistle is so loud it makes passengers hurry onto trains rather than dawdling along the platform - and makes trains stick to timetables.’
    • ‘The panel meets six times a year, to advise the company on all aspects of its work, and discuss matters such as timetables, fares, train cleaning, security and facilities.’
    • ‘Trains and buses have timetables, roads are pothole free and water is entirely drinkable.’
    • ‘That does not mean, though, that they follow timetables like buses or trains.’
    • ‘The Mourne Rambler local bus service has made some minor alterations to its timetable with departure and arrival times varying slightly from the summer schedule.’
    • ‘Train timetables will generally end at around 8pm tonight.’
    • ‘Arriva cut about ten per cent of its services for the winter timetable, replacing the trains with buses because of a severe driver shortage.’
    • ‘Consequently the walks are all accessible by public transport and scheduled to fit in with bus and train timetables.’
    • ‘Rail passengers travelling between Adlington and Blackrod may have to rethink their journeys after alterations to train timetables.’
    • ‘Airline and train timetables are frequently rendered meaningless, and only three things ensure safe passage on the roads - good horn, good brakes and good luck.’
    • ‘Passengers will benefit from timetables linked to train departures at the nearby railway station.’
    • ‘But obviously, once there were trains and, therefore, train timetables, there needed to be a consistent, standardised time throughout the land.’
    • ‘You can also check the local train/bus timetables at the click of a mouse.’
    • ‘The device is also hooked up to municipal databases to warn about road and sidewalk constructions, as well as inform about train and bus timetables, and possible delays.’
    • ‘They are shown how to go shopping for food, taught how to read bus and train timetables, how to use public transport and local libraries.’
    • ‘Arriva is already running buses after cutting its timetable by 80 trains a day last October because of a shortage of drivers.’
    • ‘He said Network Rail and train companies needed to be more effective at getting together to discuss issues like engineering work to make sure timetables were planned in plenty of time.’
    1. 1.1 A plan of times at which events are scheduled to take place, especially towards a particular end.
      ‘the acceleration of the timetable for monetary union’
      • ‘Or, if an invasion is still planned but the timetable has been moved back, I still see no reason for pessimism.’
      • ‘The TV industry has a tight timetable for full roll-out next year, and a change of technology provider now would affect everyone from content providers to infrastructure players.’
      • ‘As well as laying out the timetable of events, sales of programmes also raise funds for the festival committee.’
      • ‘But he stopped short of setting a timetable for full implementation of new clinical guidance, despite the fact it would cost just £85 million.’
      • ‘Ann is currently drawing up an exciting timetable of fundraising events over the next few months in Mountmellick and around the county and is confident she will raise the required amount.’
      • ‘The following timetable will help plan a forcing schedule in order to have bulbs in flower at a given date.’
      • ‘More than 1,500 programmes are printed each year, helping to provide a timetable of events but also raise funds for the festival committee.’
      • ‘I don't know what the timetable for the big event is yet though.’
      • ‘A timetable of events in the US yesterday runs through the first 10 pages, followed by reports of international reaction to the disaster.’
      • ‘He has chosen to create a sense of great purpose by setting a tight timetable for a new plan of action by July, taking personal charge in a way he has never done before with domestic policy.’
      • ‘Keeping to the constitutional timetable is central to plans to start bringing American troops home next year.’
      • ‘The programme is an integral part of the festival, which is taking place this year from June 25 to July 3, helping to provide a timetable of the events.’
      • ‘The steering committee is tasked with making schedules for legislators to assist them in planning their work timetables, whether it be for an entire year, semester or a single meeting session.’
      • ‘A timetable of events and other information will be made available at the registration.’
      • ‘The householders affected have every right to know these plans, and the timetable for their implementation.’
      • ‘It contains a timetable of events and mission papers, with details of the spacecraft and their tasks, plus information on contributions made by the UK.’
      • ‘‘Events will drive the timetable,’ one administration official said.’
      • ‘The events in the timetable will be more interesting and of a higher quality than in previous years.’
      • ‘Full-time workers are concerned that their child will love their carer more than them so try to fill the family timetable with worthy events.’
      • ‘The problem I have is that our continued presence without any real plan for a timetable there is fueling the insurgency.’
      schedule, programme, agenda, calendar, diary, appointment book, appointment diary, engagement diary, social life
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    2. 1.2British A chart showing how the weekly time of a school or college is allotted to classes.
      ‘science students had very full timetables’
      • ‘Lack of familiarity of the timetable, layout of the college and the new students makes it extremely difficult for him to understand the nuances of the social situation.’
      • ‘There wasn't so much as a geometry book in sight as the new timetable began with classes ranging from meditation and massage to yoga and tai chi.’
      • ‘With a temporary respite from timetables, regular classes, special classes, tests and homework, time seems to stand still at last.’
      • ‘He'd been studying his timetable, which, she could see, was full of everything she hated: language, literature, and history.’
      • ‘At college we are now back into the full timetable of classes and rehearsals after a three week period of rest over Christmas which was a very welcome break after such a hectic autumn term!’
      • ‘Megan happily pulled out the sheet of paper that her timetable, class list and corresponding teacher list was printed on.’
      • ‘They fear the new timetable, with GCSE classes starting four weeks early at the end of the summer term, will eat into their usually quiet exam period.’
      • ‘Full-time students will also be sent home for a study week in the week starting on Monday, June 13, as the college suspends its normal timetable.’
      • ‘Although schools have been allowed to borrow greater sums of money, speculation still mounts that this reprieve will be too little too late for Coulsdon High to reinstate a full timetable.’
      • ‘Traditional lessons were squeezed off the timetable at a secondary school to make way for classes in coping with bullying.’
      • ‘After Mr Zelter had passed out all of the timetables, the class was dismissed.’
      • ‘A new timetable of classes will resume in late September.’
      • ‘Course notes, essential and recommended reading material and class timetables are hosted on the intranet.’
      • ‘Shaking my head free of any thoughts of Heath, I checked my timetable for first class.’
      • ‘The full timetable of lessons and activities will start next week.’
      • ‘He has a full timetable and if he wishes he can use the school's quiet areas.’
      • ‘As they're still part of a school, they may have a more formal and structured timetable than a college.’
      • ‘They were really flexible when my college timetable changed in September and I started coming in on a Monday afternoon instead of a Friday.’
      • ‘The informational pages included the class timetable, a comprehensive equation list and course guidelines.’
      • ‘Despite attending classes in temporary accommodation until their new school is built next year, pupils at Manchester Jewish Grammar School are still enjoying a full timetable.’
      syllabus, curriculum, course, programme of instruction, teaching programme
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[with object]
  • Schedule (something) to take place at a particular time.

    ‘German lessons were timetabled on Wednesday and Friday’
    • ‘The Scottish Parliament is also timetabled to debate the Cubie report into tuition fees and student funding.’
    • ‘Rail user groups in the region were not impressed by the slow pace at which improvements were timetabled.’
    • ‘Until then timetabled departures will be shown on these display boards.’
    • ‘Consultants at the Royal Bolton Hospital, as part of national contract arrangements, have an agreed job plan and timetable which clearly lays out their NHS timetabled duties.’
    • ‘Towards the start of GCSE examinations in May, timetabled lessons are geared towards revision and teaching youngsters revision skills.’
    • ‘Our trip is timetabled for people arriving on the mid-morning flight into Toulouse before hiring a car.’
    • ‘The NHS is highly dependent on days of the week, and almost all hospitals, GP surgeries, and other clinical units are timetabled differently for each working day between Monday and Friday.’
    • ‘It has timetabled the bill so it is likely to be blocked in the Lords in the spring when the election is expected to be held.’
    • ‘The changes include timetabling important votes on Thursday afternoons, at a time when many MPs with constituencies outside London have normally left parliament for the weekend.’
    • ‘Perhaps this is one solution: greater flexibility over contract hours with teaches encouraged to get out of the school (and away from the others in the staff-room) when they are not timetabled to teach.’
    • ‘He said timetabling extra services could help tackle uncomfortable overcrowding, especially during rush hours.’
    • ‘And if you're dealing with amateur sports and particularly sports that children participate in, I think there really needs to be some serious reviews about when they're timetabled.’
    • ‘The Granada TV region is timetabled to make the switch a year later, in 2009.’
    • ‘Forensic investigations are strictly timetabled and co-ordinated.’
    • ‘The results are timetabled to be published by mid-April.’
    • ‘Work to restore an historic water channel in Sheffield woods was timetabled around the breeding season of the endangered British crayfish, it has been revealed.’
    • ‘From these an action plan was drawn up, outlining the overall aim of the school and timetabling a schedule of specific targets to be achieved.’
    • ‘Sessions are timetabled for practising skills learnt during the teaching session.’
    • ‘Until this week, the service was timetabled, and also a ‘Gold Service’ where (in theory) there was supposed be at least one bus every ten minutes.’
    • ‘The programme has angered rail watchdogs who accuse struggling Railtrack of timetabling the various closures disastrously.’
    schedule, set, set up, arrange, organize, sort out, fix, fix up, fix a time for, time, book, line up, slot in, prearrange, bill, programme, plan
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