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’
    • ‘Passengers will benefit from timetables linked to train departures at the nearby railway station.’
    • ‘That does not mean, though, that they follow timetables like buses or trains.’
    • ‘Consequently the walks are all accessible by public transport and scheduled to fit in with bus and train timetables.’
    • ‘Trains and buses have timetables, roads are pothole free and water is entirely drinkable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Are you aware of bus/train routes and 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Arriva is already running buses after cutting its timetable by 80 trains a day last October because of a shortage of drivers.’
    • ‘Train timetables will generally end at around 8pm tonight.’
    • ‘Instead, companies would have to produce stricter timetables, with departures timed to maximise the number of fee-paying customers per journey.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Arriva cut about ten per cent of its services for the winter timetable, replacing the trains with buses because of a severe driver shortage.’
    • ‘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 passengers travelling between Adlington and Blackrod may have to rethink their journeys after alterations to train timetables.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘More than 1,500 programmes are printed each year, helping to provide a timetable of events but also raise funds for the festival committee.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Or, if an invasion is still planned but the timetable has been moved back, I still see no reason for pessimism.’
      • ‘A timetable of events and other information will be made available at the registration.’
      • ‘I don't know what the timetable for the big event is yet though.’
      • ‘The events in the timetable will be more interesting and of a higher quality than in previous years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The following timetable will help plan a forcing schedule in order to have bulbs in flower at a given date.’
      • ‘The problem I have is that our continued presence without any real plan for a timetable there is fueling the insurgency.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As well as laying out the timetable of events, sales of programmes also raise funds for the festival committee.’
      • ‘A timetable of events in the US yesterday runs through the first 10 pages, followed by reports of international reaction to the disaster.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But he stopped short of setting a timetable for full implementation of new clinical guidance, despite the fact it would cost just £85 million.’
      • ‘Keeping to the constitutional timetable is central to plans to start bringing American troops home next year.’
      • ‘The householders affected have every right to know these plans, and the timetable for their implementation.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The informational pages included the class timetable, a comprehensive equation list and course guidelines.’
      • ‘The full timetable of lessons and activities will start next week.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Shaking my head free of any thoughts of Heath, I checked my timetable for first class.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘After Mr Zelter had passed out all of the timetables, the class was dismissed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Megan happily pulled out the sheet of paper that her timetable, class list and corresponding teacher list was printed on.’
      • ‘He has a full timetable and if he wishes he can use the school's quiet areas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He'd been studying his timetable, which, she could see, was full of everything she hated: language, literature, and history.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With a temporary respite from timetables, regular classes, special classes, tests and homework, time seems to stand still at last.’
      • ‘A new timetable of classes will resume in late September.’
      • ‘Traditional lessons were squeezed off the timetable at a secondary school to make way for classes in coping with bullying.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Course notes, essential and recommended reading material and class timetables are hosted on the intranet.’
      syllabus, curriculum, course, programme of instruction, teaching programme
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  • Schedule (something) to take place at a particular time.

    ‘German lessons were timetabled on Wednesday and Friday’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 Scottish Parliament is also timetabled to debate the Cubie report into tuition fees and student funding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Towards the start of GCSE examinations in May, timetabled lessons are geared towards revision and teaching youngsters revision skills.’
    • ‘The results are timetabled to be published by mid-April.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Granada TV region is timetabled to make the switch a year later, in 2009.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our trip is timetabled for people arriving on the mid-morning flight into Toulouse before hiring a car.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The programme has angered rail watchdogs who accuse struggling Railtrack of timetabling the various closures disastrously.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Until then timetabled departures will be shown on these display boards.’
    • ‘He said timetabling extra services could help tackle uncomfortable overcrowding, especially during rush hours.’
    • ‘Sessions are timetabled for practising skills learnt during the teaching session.’
    • ‘Rail user groups in the region were not impressed by the slow pace at which improvements were timetabled.’
    • ‘Forensic investigations are strictly timetabled and co-ordinated.’
    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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