Meaning of “timing” in the English Dictionary

"timing" in British English

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timingnoun

uk /ˈtaɪ.mɪŋ/ us /ˈtaɪ.mɪŋ/

B2 [ U or C ] the time when something happens:

"Are we too early?" "No, your timing is perfect - dinner is almost ready."
The bomb contained a timing device set to make it go off at rush hour.
timings [ plural ] Indian English

the hours when someone is usually at work, or when an office or business is open

[ U ] the ability to do something at exactly the right time:

To be a good tennis player, you have to have good timing.

[ U ] the ability to play or sing all the notes in a piece of music at the correct speed and rhythm:

There are one or two places where the timing isn't quite right.

More examples

  • Because of the timing, I'm sure the salary freeze is a deliberate contrivance, not a coincidence.
  • The timing of the meeting is certainly fortuitous.
  • The timing of the press release was designed for maximum publicity.

(Definition of “timing” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"timing" in American English

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timingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈtɑɪ·mɪŋ/

the ability to choose the right moment to do or say something, or the time when something happens:

The difference between a joke told well and a joke told badly is the timing.
The timing of the airline strike was bad for our vacation plans.

(Definition of “timing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"timing" in Business English

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timingnoun

uk /ˈtaɪmɪŋ/ us

[ C or U ] the time at which an activity or event starts or happens, or is planned to start or happen:

Timing and location are crucial when opening a new business.
the timing of sth The timing of the plant manager's departure came ahead of an investigation into safety management at the site.

[ C ] the length of time an activity or event takes, or is planned to take:

The job sheet includes data and precise timings for every stage of the job.

[ U ] the fact of doing something at the right time, or the ability to do this:

bad/good/perfect timing There is a risk of bad timing - investing a lump sum just before prices fall.
a matter/question/sense of timing Finding the right solution to the problem is partly a question of timing.
Even fund managers can find it hard getting the timing right when it comes to making investment decisions.

(Definition of “timing” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)