Definition of timing noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtaɪmɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaɪmɪŋ//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the act of choosing when something happens; a particular point or period of time when something happens or is planned The timing of the decision was a complete surprise. Please check your flight timings carefully.
  2. 2[uncountable] the skill of doing something at exactly the right time an actor with a great sense of comic timing Your timing is perfect. I was just about to call you.
  3. 3[uncountable] the repeated rhythm of something; the skill of producing this She played the piano confidently but her timing was not good.
  4. 4[uncountable] (specialist) the rate at which an electric spark is produced in a vehicle’s engine in order to make it work
  5. Extra examples He knew the timing was right for a comeback. She has a wonderful sense of timing. The punchline was delivered with perfect comic timing. The timing of the meeting is not convenient. There is disagreement within the government over the exact timing of the referendum. Using press releases to good effect is a matter of timing. the unfortunate timing of the announcement
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