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telltale Tweet Definition of telltale Like Definition of telltale on Facebook
  1. one who divulges private information with intent to hurt others
  2. tattletale; squealer (U.S. slang)
  3. something that serves to reveal something else
The was the lipstick on her shirt collar.
  1. (nautical) a length of yarn or ribbon attached to a sail or shroud etc to indicate the direction of the flow of the air relative to the boat
  1. revealing something not intended to be known
His eye was blinking, a signal that he was lying.
He blushed when he approached, a sign that he was happy to see him.
time Tweet Definition of time Like Definition of time on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) The inevitable passing of events from future to present then past.
Time stops for nobody.
the ebb and flow of
  1. (uncountable) A quantity of availability in time.
More is needed to complete the project.
You had plenty of , but you waited until the last minute.
Are you finished yet? Time"s up!
Our instructor didn't give us enough to complete the test.
The two of us can never find to see each other any more.
  1. (countable) A measurement of a quantity of time; a numerical indication of a length of time.
Record the individual times for the processes in each batch.
Only your best is compared with the other competitors.
  1. (uncountable, slang) The serving of a prison sentence.
The judge leniently granted a sentence with no hard .
  1. (uncountable) The time of day; the moment in time, as indicated by a clock or similar device.
Excuse me, have you got the ?
What is it, do you guess? Ten o"clock?
A computer keeps using a clock battery.
  1. (countable) The measurement under some system of the time of day or moment in time.
Let's synchronize our watches so we're not on different .
Coordinated Universal Time avoids the complications of Daylight Saving Time.
  1. (countable) A numerical indication of a particular moment in time.
At what times do the trains arrive?
These times were erroneously converted between zones.
  1. (countable) An instance or occurrence.
When was the last we went out? I don"t remember.
See you another .
That"s three times he"s made the same mistake.
Okay, but this is the last . No more after that!
  1. (uncountable) A particular occasion.
It"s for bed. It"s to sleep.
Ready for our performance? It"s ! Here we go! (seeCites)
verb (times, timing, timed)
  1. To measure time, especially using a clock of some kind.
  2. To choose the time for.
The President timed his speech badly, coinciding with the Superbowl.
The bomb was timed to explode at 9:20 p.m.
time clock Tweet Definition of time clock Like Definition of time clock on Facebook
  1. a device that records, on timecards, the times that employees start and finish work
timekeeper Tweet Definition of timekeeper Like Definition of timekeeper on Facebook
  1. A device that shows the time; a timepiece.
  2. A person who keeps records of the hours of attendance of employees.
  3. A person who records the times elapsed in a sporting event.
timepiece Tweet Definition of timepiece Like Definition of timepiece on Facebook
  1. Any device that measures or registers time; a clock or watch, especially one lacking a chime or other striking mechanism.
timer Tweet Definition of timer Like Definition of timer on Facebook
  1. Someone or something which times.
  2. Especially, a device used to measure the amount of time something takes, or a device that can be set to sound an alarm after a certain amount of time.
time zone Tweet Definition of time zone Like Definition of time zone on Facebook
  1. A range of longitudes where a common standard time is used.
trip Tweet Definition of trip Like Definition of trip on Facebook
  1. a journey
  2. a stumble
  3. period of experiencing drug-induced hallucinations
  4. a faux pas, a social error, see tripping
verb (trips, tripping, tripped)
  1. to fall over or stumble over something with your feet.
  2. to activate or set in motion. (This usage is usually associated with the activation of a trap or explosive device. See tripwire.)
  3. to use drugs that induce hallucinations, particularly LSD
tropical year Tweet Definition of tropical year Like Definition of tropical year on Facebook
  1. The time that it takes for the Sun to return to the same position along the ecliptic, as viewed from the Earth, especially:
  2. A vernal equinox year, the time between two successive vernal equinoxes.

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