noun, plural time-outs.
- a brief suspension of activity; intermission or break.
- Sports. a short interruption in a regular period of play during which a referee or other official stops the clock so that the players may rest, deliberate, make substitutions, etc.
- sport an interruption in play during which players rest, discuss tactics, or make substitutions
- a break taken during working hours
- computing a condition occurring when the amount of time a computer has been instructed to wait for another device to perform a task has expired, usually indicated by an error message
verb time out
- (intr) (of a computer) to stop operating because of a time-out
n.also time out, 1896 in sports, 1939 in other occupations; from 1980 as the name of a strategy in child discipline; from time + out.