times vs multiply :

times or multiply

School children struggling with their times tables often say that they “times” one number by another. It’s “2 times 2,” but the mathematical operation being performed is not “timesing.” Some unfortunate folks carry this childish vocabulary into adulthood, continuing to use “times” as a verb meaning “multiply.” If you’re old enough to handle three-syllable words you can manage this one.

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Definitions

  • n  a more or less definite period of time now or previously present
    it was a sign of the times
  • n  an arithmetic operation that is the inverse of division; the product of two numbers is computed
    four times three equals twelve
  • n  an instance or single occasion for some event
    he called four times
  • n  a period of time considered as a resource under your control and sufficient to accomplish something
  • n  an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities)
  • n  a suitable moment
  • n  the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
  • n  a person's experience on a particular occasion
  • n  a reading of a point in time as given by a clock
  • n  the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event
  • n  rhythm as given by division into parts of equal duration
  • n  the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned
  • v  measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time
  • v  assign a time for an activity or event
  • v  set the speed, duration, or execution of
  • v  regulate or set the time of
  • v  adjust so that a force is applied and an action occurs at the desired time
    The good player times his swing so as to hit the ball squarely

  • v  combine by multiplication
    multiply 10 by 15
  • v  combine or increase by multiplication
    He managed to multiply his profits
  • v  have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms)
  • v  have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant
  • r  in several ways; in a multiple manner
    they were multiply checked for errors
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