the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues: DURATION. a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future. LEISURE. the point or period when something occurs: OCCASION. an appointed, fixed, or customary moment or hour for something to happen, begin, or end. an opportune or suitable moment. a historical period: AGE. a division of geologic chronology. conditions at present or at some specified period —usually used in plural. the present time. LIFETIME. a period of apprenticeship. a term of military service. a prison sentence. SEASON. rate of speed: TEMPO. the grouping of the beats of music: RHYTHM. a moment, hour, day, or year as indicated by a clock or calendar. any of various systems (such as a sidereal or solar system) of reckoning time. one of a series of recurring instances or repeated actions. added or accumulated quantities or instances. equal fractional parts of which an indicated number equal a comparatively greater quantity. TURN. finite as contrasted with infinite duration. a person's experience during a specified period or on a particular occasion. the hours or days required to be occupied by one's work. an hourly pay rate. wages paid at discharge or resignation. the playing time of a game. TIME-OUT sense 1. a period during which something is used or available for use. to arrange or set the time of: SCHEDULE. to regulate (a watch) to keep correct time. to set the tempo, speed, or duration of. to cause to keep time with something. to determine or record the time, duration, or rate of. to dispose (something, such as a mechanical part) so that an action occurs at a desired instant or in a desired way. to keep or beat time. of or relating to time. recording time. timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment. payable on a specified future day or a certain length of time after presentation for acceptance. based on installment payments.