Definition of time out in English:

time out

noun

  • 1Time for rest or recreation away from one's usual work or studies.

    ‘she is taking time out from her hectic tour’
    • ‘I followed them across the docks toward the buildings while workers took time out to stare at me.’
    • ‘Swindon donors who took the time out this summer to give a pint of blood are being thanked by the National Blood Service.’
    • ‘Robinson will now take some time out of the game while he waits to see what other coaching jobs become available.’
    • ‘I also took some time out for me this weekend and went white water rafting on one of the fastest rivers in the world!’
    • ‘Since then, his rise has been interrupted by time out for injuries - his knee, mostly.’
    • ‘At this point everything should be under control so you can take time out of the kitchen.’
    • ‘I'm going to take some time out to think about my future and what I should do next.’
    • ‘It's important to take time out once in a while to enjoy the fruits of one's labours, smell the roses and enjoy.’
    • ‘It is during this period of time out of the workforce that the debt would grow.’
    • ‘He chooses the work he wants to be involved in, and wants to take more time out, have more holidays.’
    • ‘In the future he may well take time out again to volunteer his services in other countries.’
    • ‘So, we at the Listener are inviting you take time out for some creative leisure.’
    • ‘Women took time out from their busy jobs to enjoy a day of pampering at a health and beauty workshop.’
    • ‘I tried to go back but eventually chose to take time out and to leave any decisions about returning until this September.’
    • ‘Learn to relax and enjoy quality time out of life's normal rat race.’
    • ‘All the children at the school, aged four to seven took time out of their day to complete the task in the hope of winning an Easter egg.’
    • ‘Shane had taken time out to recover from a viral infection and jetted off to the sun for a break.’
    • ‘His time out last year while serving a drugs ban may have also provided a mental break.’
    • ‘It has been a hectic few months and I intend to take a bit of time out for myself.’
    • ‘I'm going to take some time out and just think about the past five years.’
    1. 1.1A brief break in play in a game or sport.
      ‘he inadvertently called for a timeout with two seconds remaining’
      • ‘During a timeout in the second quarter, a fan in his 40s threw a football through a hole in a board 25 yards away for $500,000.’
      • ‘Do college basketball officials view the glut of timeouts at the end of games as a problem?’
      • ‘Coughlin always has demanded total control, to the extent he doesn't allow any assistant to call a timeout during a game.’
      • ‘With six seconds remaining and no timeouts, the Titans had one play to try to force overtime.’
      • ‘Substitutions rules are different for 20-second timeouts than for full timeouts.’
      • ‘Then, in a plan arranged during a previous timeout and with the game tied, McGrady went straight up the court with 10.4 seconds left.’
      • ‘If Manning sees himself running out of time because the defense is playing pre-snap games, he will use a timeout.’
      • ‘It was a close game, and the team had no timeouts left.’
      • ‘The Vikings appeared generally unprepared in the first quarter, blowing two timeouts in the game's first four minutes.’
      • ‘Those timeouts at the end of the game don't do you any good if they're in your hip pocket.’
      • ‘Of course, you don't want to suggest a change the day before a crucial game, or in the timeout before a critical free throw.’
      • ‘You are only allowed 3 or 4 timeouts per game, depending upon your league or tournament rules.’
      • ‘How unprepared do you have to be to call a defensive timeout before the second play from scrimmage?’
      • ‘Twenty-one seconds is a veritable lifetime in NFL fast-break standards, and with two timeouts left, the final minute of the game would have felt longer than a Fellini film.’
      • ‘That's fine and dandy, but if fans already have sat through a four-quarter game, what are a few more minutes during a timeout or in overtime?’
      • ‘In the playoffs, at least, everyone goes all out - attend a play-off game and what you see, during timeouts, are sweat-drenched players tugging at their shorts and gasping for breath.’
      • ‘Fast forward to the first timeout during a game when Starks yells at someone for taking an ill-advised shot.’
      • ‘In international play you have to register timeouts with the scorer's table.’
      • ‘With less than six minutes left, Iverson, the smallest man on the court, pounded his hand on the scorer's table during a timeout and guaranteed victory.’
      • ‘In international basketball, a coach may request a timeout with the scorers table.’
    2. 1.2An imposed temporary suspension of activities, especially the separation of a misbehaving child from one or more playmates as a disciplinary measure.
      ‘it's the third time this week he's been in time-out’
      • ‘He had been behaving since we got here, but had already been in time out once today.’
  • 2Computing
    A cancellation or cessation that automatically occurs when a predefined interval of time has passed without a certain event occurring.

    • ‘Logged-in sessions have an automatic timeout as well.’
    • ‘Message input-output implementations will typically have timeouts that are too short for some business activity responses.’
    • ‘For effective fault tolerance, this time must be fast enough to prevent application session timeouts.’
    • ‘After these problems are fixed and more load is applied in a test, we then encounter problems like resource exhaustion, buffer overflows, timeouts and inconsistent behaviour.’
    • ‘Other possibilities include gauge and progress bars, info boxes with timeouts and file display windows.’

Pronunciation:

time out

/ˌtīm ˈout/