Definition of timing in US English:



  • 1The choice, judgment, or control of when something should be done.

    ‘one of the secrets of golf is good timing’
    • ‘The timing in the scenes is close to perfection, as is the balance of the supporting characters.’
    • ‘It was terribly convenient timing and sparked what has become an ingrained cynicism in my attitude.’
    • ‘You might be surprised at the interest level and you would have control of the timing.’
    • ‘So Tharanga, a left-hander with sweet timing, is set to open throughout the tournament.’
    • ‘Having stressed the importance of timing, the need to read the questions carefully must also be highlighted.’
    • ‘In the closing stages his timing was absolutely perfect when he advanced to deny Nigel Dineen of a certain goal.’
    • ‘Above all this he seems to have a sense of timing, of occasion.’
    • ‘The path to South America was open for so long that timing is not really an issue.’
    • ‘The judge had no option to sentence to death for murder and no control over the timing of the execution unless he ordered a respite.’
    • ‘On its easiest level, it simply requires basic timing to crank a ball into the outfield or over a fence.’
    • ‘The timing of his remarks, so close to Gordon Brown's pre-Budget statement tomorrow, is telling.’
    • ‘While you may be pulling off various crazy tricks, they all require good timing and excellent control.’
    • ‘The skill lies in the anticipation of his movements and the timing of your response.’
    • ‘He also has a wonderful sense of timing, and control over both his material and the audience.’
    • ‘Nevertheless predicting the size and timing of each movement always proves elusive.’
    • ‘The existence of the distinction in relation to timing of the notice can, however, be maintained.’
    • ‘We seek some guidance from the Court in relation to the timing of tomorrow and I want to mention one other matter.’
    • ‘He didn't look up when the door to his suite opened - the maids here had awful timing and no sense to knock.’
    • ‘Upon closer examination, it seems that both their timing and their aim were off the mark.’
    • ‘It's a lesson and challenge for young animators, in that he gets the movement and timing so exquisitely right.’
    1. 1.1 A particular point or period of time when something happens.
      • ‘First and foremost, the timings given on the invitation cards did not match the exact timings of the event as it took place.’
      • ‘Oddly, it is quite hard to distinguish between the timings.’
      • ‘On the other hand, it suits them well, just like their college timings.’
      • ‘The timing of applications made before the deadline will have no bearing on the outcome, organisers promise.’
      • ‘The timing of most decisions may seem too obvious to occasion much concern.’
      • ‘We lived our lives by local train timings and paltry pay packets.’
      • ‘The timing of that deposit showed this to be a morning shooting.’
      • ‘l reviewing the signing, lining and signal timings on major roads to improve traffic flow.’
      • ‘How otherwise would seven to eight buses land up at the same bus stop at the same time if the bus timings were properly regulated, it asks.’
      • ‘So you can do a Vedic astrology chart with the timings, and dates and what is happening, where you are going.’
      • ‘It is better to adopt different timings with a reasonable interval for offices and schools to avoid the dreaded peak hour rush.’
      • ‘Signal timings have been adjusted to minimise delays to traffic.’
      • ‘The display boards about bus timings are confusing, some say, because schedules are often erratic.’
      • ‘The timing of starch degradation at night varies between species.’
      • ‘The details and timings of events varied with each telling.’
      • ‘These serials should be shifted to late night timings as in the case of mature films.’
      • ‘At a few other places, overzealous cops were ready with their machinery without realising the changed timings.’
      • ‘The nature and timing of shear zones in the western Itremo region is not well understood.’
      • ‘A change in timings would victimise children, especially in lower classes.’
      • ‘There are five schools and one college in the vicinity and there is no much time gap between the opening and closing timings of all.’
    2. 1.2 (in an internal combustion engine) the times when the valves open and close, and the time of the ignition spark, in relation to the movement of the piston in the cylinder.
      • ‘He also believes the effect on engines with variable valve timing will be even greater.’
      • ‘The cylinder timing was on but a bit slow on a couple of the stops, but it was still on and working.’
      • ‘If the ignition timing is retarded, the engine will not burn the fuel efficiently.’