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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Chronology, Cooking
timertim‧er /ˈtaɪmə $ -ər/ noun [countable]  1 TMCDFCan instrument that you use to measure time, when you are doing something such as cooking Set the timer on the cooker for three minutes. egg-timer2 part-timer/full-timer
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timerThis is achieved by the use of a simple 555 timer circuit.Add room thermostats, a timer, and thermostatic radiator valves.If there are no plants, leave the light off - otherwise use a timer.Use a timer and ask the student to beat the clock.A sealed hotplate with concealed ignition and an automatic oven timer with the time of day clock.How about a toaster that clicked because you activated it by twisting a taut timer dial?Did you set the timer?S/he then pressed the button to present the stimulus card and start the timer.When the timer goes off, he may get up.