(Tim"er) n. A timekeeper; especially, a watch by which small intervals of time can be measured; a
kind of stop watch. It is used for timing the speed of horses, machinery, etc.
(Time"sav`ing) a. Saving time; as, a timesaving expedient.
(Time"serv`er) n. One who adapts his opinions and manners to the times; one who obsequiously
compiles with the ruling power; now used only in a bad sense.
(Time"serv`ing), a. Obsequiously complying with the spirit of the times, or the humors of
those in power.
(Time"serv`ing), n. An obsequious compliance with the spirit of the times, or the humors of
those in power, which implies a surrender of one's independence, and sometimes of one's integrity.
Syn. Temporizing. Timeserving, Temporizing. Both these words are applied to the conduct of
one who adapts himself servilely to times and seasons. A timeserver is rather active, and a temporizer,
passive. One whose policy is timeserving comes forward to act upon principles or opinions which may
promote his advancement; one who is temporizing yields to the current of public sentiment or prejudice,
and shrinks from a course of action which might injure him with others. The former is dishonest; the
latter is weak; and both are contemptible.
Trimming and timeserving, which are but two words for the same thing, . . . produce confusion.South.
[I] pronounce thee . . . a hovering temporizer, thatShak.
Canst with thine eyes at once see good and evil,
to them both.
1. A tabular statement of the time at which, or within which, several things are to take place, as the
recitations in a school, the departure and arrival of railroad trains or other public conveyances, the rise
and fall of the tides, etc.
2. (Railroad) A plane surface divided in one direction with lines representing hours and minutes, and in
the other with lines representing miles, and having diagonals (usually movable strings) representing the
speed and position of various trains.
3. (Mus.) A table showing the notation, length, or duration of the several notes.
(Tim"id) a. [L. timidus, fr. timere to fear; cf. Skr. tam to become breathless, to become stupefief: cf.
F. timide.] Wanting courage to meet danger; easily frightened; timorous; not bold; fearful; shy.
Poor is the triumph o'er the timid hare.Thomson.
Syn. Fearful; timorous; afraid; cowardly; pusillanimous; faint-hearted; shrinking; retiring.
Tim"id*ly, adv. Tim"id*ness, n.
(Ti*mid"i*ty) n. [L. timiditas: cf. F. timidité.] The quality or state of being timid; timorousness; timidness.
(Tim"id*ous) a. Timid. [Obs.] Hudibras.
(Tim"ist) n. [Written also timeist.]
1. (Mus.) A performer who keeps good time.
2. A timeserver. [Obs.] Overbury.