Definition of timekeeper in English:



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

    • ‘Bernie Ecclestone appointed us as the sport's official timekeepers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Managers have to discipline themselves to set clear goals and measurable outcomes for teleworking employees rather than acting as timekeepers.’
    • ‘Floyd couldn't believe it, and rushed to the photo finish area and the timekeepers to check the result.’
    • ‘After the first run over the measured kilometre, the timekeeper shouted, ‘Plus 47!’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There would be enough officials and the timekeepers would be qualified and registered.’
    • ‘It's a nice touch to say thanks to the people who make the game work: the timekeeper, the scorekeeper and the refs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One conscientious timekeeper would note these interruptions, as well as the reason for a worker's absence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meetings followed a structured agenda; roles of leader, timekeeper, and recorder were designated.’
    • ‘Cando are looking to recruit volunteers who are prepared to act as referees and timekeepers.’
    • ‘Say thank you to the officials and that includes the scorekeeper and the timekeeper.’
    • ‘This season, each player on the women's hockey team had to pay $125 each to cover association fees, tournament fees, referees and timekeepers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Falling exhausted across the finish line the official timekeeper handed him a slip of paper with the time 3.59.4.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While the process of perfecting Harrison's marine timekeeper went on in England, instrument makers in France were busy developing similar instruments.’
      • ‘His early timekeepers were controlled by pendulums but, in anything but a flat calm, their going was most erratic.’
    2. 2.2archaic A clock.
      timepiece, timer
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