Definition of time and motion in US English:

time and motion


  • Attributive Designating the study of an industrial or other operation with regard to the time taken and method followed in carrying out each of its constituent tasks, usually with a view to improving efficiency; relating to, concerned with, or involving study of this kind. Compare earlier time study.


Early 20th century. From time + and + motion.


time and motion

/ˌtʌɪm ən(d) ˈməʊʃn/