Definition of timekeeper in US English:



  • 1A person who measures or records the amount of time taken, especially in a sports competition.

    • ‘Managers have to discipline themselves to set clear goals and measurable outcomes for teleworking employees rather than acting as timekeepers.’
    • ‘After the first run over the measured kilometre, the timekeeper shouted, ‘Plus 47!’’
    • ‘It's a nice touch to say thanks to the people who make the game work: the timekeeper, the scorekeeper and the refs.’
    • ‘Meetings followed a structured agenda; roles of leader, timekeeper, and recorder were designated.’
    • ‘Gene, stunned, insists that he should do it again for an official timekeeper while Finny insists that he wants his feat to be kept a secret.’
    • ‘Cando are looking to recruit volunteers who are prepared to act as referees and timekeepers.’
    • ‘There would be enough officials and the timekeepers would be qualified and registered.’
    • ‘This time, because the clock had not been reset to three seconds, a horn blew from the timekeeper's table before the Soviets made the long pass.’
    • ‘While the timekeepers claimed they had been forced to take their cue from the umpire, Chiltern's loss left a bitter taste that flavoured matches against Greta for almost five decades.’
    • ‘The timekeepers were unable to separate the world record holder and the Jamaican, after the pair crossed the line shoulder-to-shoulder in 7.58s.’
    • ‘Falling exhausted across the finish line the official timekeeper handed him a slip of paper with the time 3.59.4.’
    • ‘Bernie Ecclestone appointed us as the sport's official timekeepers.’
    • ‘Floyd couldn't believe it, and rushed to the photo finish area and the timekeepers to check the result.’
    • ‘Brian Thornton was one of the principal organisers of the Galway Rally and served as an official timekeeper at many motor sport events throughout Ireland.’
    • ‘One conscientious timekeeper would note these interruptions, as well as the reason for a worker's absence.’
    • ‘Say thank you to the officials and that includes the scorekeeper and the timekeeper.’
    • ‘The pair were so close at the finishing the line, the timekeepers were unable to separate them, although the judges awarded Lebid victory by a couple of inches.’
    • ‘This season, each player on the women's hockey team had to pay $125 each to cover association fees, tournament fees, referees and timekeepers.’
    • ‘But the rudimentary nature of his timings and the lack of a second timekeeper to confirm the speed meant the locomotive's record-breaking status is still disputed by railway enthusiasts.’
    • ‘With Area Governor, Brendan O'Doherty, in attendance and supported by a willing team of timekeepers, judges and helpers, the competition got off to a flying start.’
  • 2usually with adjective A person regarded as being punctual or not punctual.

    ‘we were good timekeepers’
    • ‘I am a notoriously bad timekeeper, yet, through sheer paranoia, I have turned up at my daughter's school half-an-hour early.’
    1. 2.1 A watch or clock regarded as recording time accurately or inaccurately.
      ‘these watches are accurate timekeepers’
      • ‘For example, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the Liverpool area vied with London as the most important production centre for precision timekeepers.’
      • ‘Huygens' clocks, which tended to lose only 15 seconds a day, were a vast improvement over earlier timekeepers.’
      • ‘Harrison was born in the nearby village of Foulby and, after learning his trade in Yorkshire, became famous for inventing the first timekeeper accurate enough to determine longitude at sea.’
      • ‘His early timekeepers were controlled by pendulums but, in anything but a flat calm, their going was most erratic.’
      • ‘While the process of perfecting Harrison's marine timekeeper went on in England, instrument makers in France were busy developing similar instruments.’
      • ‘Residents of East London and Umtata are ticked off over their tardy city hall clocks, while the timekeepers in Queenstown and King William's Town CBDs are steady as ever.’
    2. 2.2archaic A clock.
      timepiece, timer
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