Definitions for time-out

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word time-out

Random House Webster's College Dictionary


or time′out′

  1. a brief suspension of activity; break.

  2. an interruption of play in a sports contest.

    Category: Sport

Origin of time-out:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. time-out(noun)

    a brief suspension of play

    "each team has two time-outs left"

  2. respite, recess, break, time out(noun)

    a pause from doing something (as work)

    "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"


  1. time-out(Noun)

    A short break in the action of a sport, for substitution, consultation, etc.

    We're being beaten! We need a time-out!

  2. time-out(Noun)

    A break from a tense, heated or stressful situation (often enforced, sometimes as a disciplinary measure); a cooling-off period.

  3. Origin: * time + out

Translations for time-out

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(in basketball etc) a short break requested by the coach to give instructions etc.

Get even more translations for time-out »


Find a translation for the time-out definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these time-out definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"time-out." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 18 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for time-out?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for time-out: