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timernoun [C]

uk   /ˈtaɪ.mər/  us   /ˈtaɪ.mɚ/
a ​device that makes a ​sound when a ​particularnumber of ​minutes, ​hours, etc. have gone past: He set the timer on the ​oven to/for 20 ​minutes (= to ​record when 20 ​minutes had gone past).
(UK also time switch) a ​device on a ​machine that ​causes the ​machine to ​start or ​stopworking at a ​particularpoint in the ​day
(Definition of timer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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timernoun [C]

 us   /ˈtɑɪ·mər/
a ​device that ​starts or ​stops something at a set ​time or that makes a ​sound after a ​particularamount of ​time has ​passed: He set the timer on the ​VCR to ​startrecording at 11:30.
(Definition of timer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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