mean time

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mean time (astronomy) time based on the motion of the mean sun (an imaginary sun moving uniformly along the celestial equator)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Mean time See under 4th Mean.
    • Mean time time as measured by an equable motion, as of a perfect clock, or as reckoned on the supposition that all the days of the year are of a mean or uniform length, in contradistinction from apparent time, or that actually indicated by the sun, and from sidereal time, or that measured by the stars.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • Mean time the mean or average of apparent time, as shown by a good clock
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Quotations

  • C. Northcote Parkinson
    C. Northcote Parkinson
    “The Law of Triviality... briefly stated, it means that the time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    Mahatma%20Gandhi
    “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”
  • Henry L. Doherty
    Henry L. Doherty
    “Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.”
  • Leo Buscaglia
    Leo%20Buscaglia
    “Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it significance.”
  • R. Shannon
    R. Shannon
    “Wasted time means wasted lives.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tíma; cf. Ice. tími; and Tide.

Usage

In literature:

In the mean time, Rollo's father and mother looked over the curiosities, as they had done many a time before.
"Rollo's Museum" by Jacob Abbott
In the mean time, William himself was at Paris, and only eleven years of age.
"William the Conqueror" by Jacob Abbott
To determine its daily gaining or losing rate on mean time.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
In the mean time, a little boy came into the yard, whose heart was not of so tender a nature as Louisa's.
"The Looking-Glass for the Mind" by M. Berquin
It was of comparatively little consequence who was regent in the mean time.
"Richard I" by Jacob Abbott
Their eyes in the mean time are closed.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847" by Various
In the mean time, the resolute and fearless coadjutor sent his emissaries in all directions.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
In the mean time, the Romans, he added, had been moderate and forbearing.
"Hannibal" by Jacob Abbott
We will devote this morning to sun time, i.e., apparent time, and mean time.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
In the mean time, very extraordinary events were transpiring in another part of the city.
"Darius the Great" by Jacob Abbott
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In poetry:

Here much and little shift and change,
With scale of need and time;
There more and less have meanings strange,
Which the world cannot rime.
"The Widow With The Two Mites" by George MacDonald
'O yes! -- it's time to be wary!
Jamie's a sad ane! -- he ne'er means to marry!--
He may rise in the morning, and wait till he's wearie!
He's no see my face for this year and a day!
"Tak Tent And Be Wary" by Hector MacNeill
Am I helpless? No! His hand
Wields the sceptre of all time;
Worlds and systems shake or stand,
Waiting on His nod sublime:
Yet there's none too mean to share
All His kindness, all His care.
"God with Us" by John Bowring
Strange artist, to my aching thought
Give answer: all the patient power
That to this perfect ending wrought,
Shall it mean nothing but an hour?
Say not that it is all for nought
Time brings Eternity a flower.
"Flos Aevorum" by Richard Le Gallienne
Know me next time when you see me, won't you, old smarty?
Oh, I mean YOU, old figger-head,--just the same party!
Take out your pensivil, d--n you; sharpen it, do!
Any complaints to make? Lots of 'em--one of 'em's YOU.
"Seventy-Nine" by Francis Bret Harte
What the years mean; how time dies and is not slain;
How love grows and laughs and cries and wanes again;
These were things she came to know, and take their measure,
When the play was played out so for one man’s pleasure.
"Stage Love" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Although window-peeping is considered a minor crime, breaking into residences to take a closer look will mean serious prison time for a 26-year-old Allendale man.
Best laid plans must be altered at times but that doesn't mean our initial attempts are without value.
At the same time, much of the punditry focuses on how mean and nasty this campaign is.
Summer continues, and that means trying pilsners, which always seem better this time of year.
A pork chop grilled over wood from old whiskey barrels, $13) from a kitchen that cranks until 1:30 a.m.—which means you'll still have plenty of time to put in an order after you give up waiting for a seat down the street at Girl & the Goat.
For me and my postage-stamp-sized yard, it means that my herbs are being played out by time and temperature.
It is Wednesday and that means it is Jay Jaffe time on Sports Talk.
Which means you'd have to have lived in Asheville prior to 1988 to remember a time before DBM.
A time music touched you at an emotional level, or gave you some insight into the meaning of life.
Spring cleaning means finding a lotta stuff you don't need, but as these recessionary times have reminded us, throwing perfectly useful items away is absurd.
Any time I use the P-I to write something personal, it probably means that I'm either wrestling with something or have discovered something.
How many times do we have to tell you that exhibition games mean absolutely nothing.
This means that several times a month we have anywhere from 10-20 people in our home.
That means you're not going to have an easy time finding one.
Nick Johnson said a MRI on his sprained right wrist showed only scar tissue , meaning there is no new damage to a wrist he has injured multiple times.
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In science:

A has the meaning of the mean time between jumps.
Aging Continuous Time Random Walks
Here, τ is the mean time between collisions.
Structure formation with strongly interacting neutrinos - implications for the cosmological neutrino mass bound
This means that at time tb the random walk S is at the point 32 and at time tb + 25 it is at the point 51, but strictly in between the time tb until time tb + 25 the random walk S does not visit the points 32 or 51.
Reconstructing a two-color scenery by observing it along a simple random walk path
B/m is the cyclotron frequency and τ the mean time between collisions.
Spatial Resolution Studies with a GEM-TPC in High Magnetic Fields
However the microscopic time scale in our examples is infinite, namely the mean trapping times or the mean dark and bright times diverge.
A Random Walk to a Non-Ergodic Equilibrium Concept
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