See also: time-keeper
Alternative forms edit
timekeeper (plural timekeepers)
- A device that shows the time; a timepiece.
- 1878 March 30, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fortune of the Republic. Lecture Delivered at the Old South Church, March 30, 1878, Boston, Mass.: Houghton, Osgood and Company […], published 1878, →OCLC, page 1:
- The sailors sail by chronometers that do not lose two or three seconds in a year, ever since [Isaac] Newton explained to Parliament that the way to improve navigation was to get good watches, and to offer public premiums for a better time-keeper than any then in use.
- A person who keeps records of the hours of attendance of employees.
- (sports) A person who records the time elapsed in a sporting event.
- Synonym: timer
- (music) The group member who controls the rhythm of the music when a group of musicians play together.
- 2011, Harris M. Berger, Metal, Rock, and Jazz: Perception and the Phenomenology of Musical Experience, Wesleyan University Press, →ISBN, page 152:
- There was no consensus among jazz musicians about who was the primary timekeeper in a jazz band; some said the drummers and others said the bassist.
- (usually with adjective) A person (or something controlled by a person) that is punctual.
- 1961 April, Warren Smith, “The problems of train regulation - a study of operation at Trent”, in Trains Illustrated, page 217:
- As it happens, the Leicester–Beeston train is quite a good timekeeper—it sometimes runs a few minutes early— […]
Related terms edit
timepiece — see timepiece
a person who records the time elapsed in a sporting event
Further reading edit
- “timekeeper”, in Collins English Dictionary.
- “timekeeper”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
- “timekeeper”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.
- “timekeeper”, in Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: Cambridge University Press, 1999–present.