Keep time

What is Keep time?

Keep time definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another.
duration regarded as belonging to the present life as distinct from the life to come or from eternity; finite duration.

(sometimes initial capital letter) a system or method of measuring or reckoning the passage of time: mean time; apparent time; Greenwich Time.
a limited period or interval, as between two successive events: a long time.
a particular period considered as distinct from other periods: Youth is the best time of life.
Often times. a period in the history of the world, or contemporary with the life or activities of a notable person: prehistoric times; in Lincoln’s time. the period or era now or previously present: a sign of the times; How times have changed! a period considered with reference to its events or prevailing conditions, tendencies, ideas, etc.: hard times; a time of war.

a prescribed or allotted period, as of one’s life, for payment of a debt, etc.
the end of a prescribed or allotted period, as of one’s life or a pregnancy: His time had come, but there was no one left to mourn over him. When her time came, her husband accompanied her to the delivery room.
a period with reference to personal experience of a specified kind: to have a good time; a hot time in the old town tonight.
a period of work of an employee, or the pay for it; working hours or days or an hourly or daily pay rate.
Informal. a term of enforced duty or imprisonment: to serve time in the army; do time in prison.
the period necessary for or occupied by something: The time of the baseball game was two hours and two minutes. The bus takes too much time, so I’ll take a plane.
leisure time; sufficient or spare time: to have time for a vacation; I have no time to stop now.
a particular or definite point in time, as indicated by a clock: What time is it?
a particular part of a year, day, etc.; season or period: It’s time for lunch.
an appointed, fit, due, or proper instant or period: a time for sowing; the time when the sun crosses the meridian; There is a time for everything.
the particular point in time when an event is scheduled to take place: train time; curtain time.
an indefinite, frequently prolonged period or duration in the future: Time will tell if what we have done here today was right.
the right occasion or opportunity: to watch one’s time.
each occasion of a recurring action or event: to do a thing five times; It’s the pitcher’s time at bat.
times, used as a multiplicative word in phrasal combinations expressing how many instances of a quantity or factor are taken together: Two goes into six three times; five times faster.
Drama. one of the three unities.Compare unity(def 8).
Prosody. a unit or a group of units in the measurement of meter.
Music. tempo; relative rapidity of movement. the metrical duration of a note or rest. proper or characteristic tempo. the general movement of a particular kind of musical composition with reference to its rhythm, metrical structure, and tempo. the movement of a dance or the like to music so arranged: waltz time.

Military. rate of marching, calculated on the number of paces taken per minute: double time; quick time.
Manège. each completed action or movement of the horse.

of, relating to, or showing the passage of time.
(of an explosive device) containing a clock so that it will detonate at the desired moment: a time bomb.

Commerce. payable at a stated period of time after presentment: time drafts or notes.
of or relating to purchases on the installment plan, or with payment postponed.

verb (used with object), timed, tim