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See also: offtime and off time



off-time (countable and uncountable, plural off-times)

  1. Alternative form of off time
    • 2011, Robert L. Kane, The Good Caregiver, →ISBN:
      Day care provides that crucial off-time for the caregiver, and it can be a fun, low-pressure, social experience for the care recipients if the older person enjoys socializing and if the clientele are compatible with the older person.
    • 2014, Bob Dobkin & John Hamburger, Analog Circuit Design Volume Three: Design Note Collection, →ISBN:
      With the off-time constant, the on-time is increased to maintain the same peak-to-peak ripple current in the inductor.
    • 2005, AMERICAN FAMILY PHISICIAN - November, page 1893:
      The primary outcome was the total daily "off-time" of absent or poor motor function as recorded by patients in diaries.
    • 1967, United States Federal Communications Commission, Federal Communications Commission Reports:
      Prior to March of 1952 no set time existed between the off-time of a horse race, information as to which was being broadcast, and the actual broadcasting of the results and other data aforementioned as to such race.


off-time (not comparable)

  1. (social psychology) Occurring at a time other than the normal point in the process of growth and development.
    • 1987, Roberta G. Simmons & Dale A. Blyth, Moving Into Adolescence, →ISBN:
      In the literature these "off-time" youngsters have been termed "early" and "late" developers (Petersen and Taylor, 1980).
    • 1990, Morris Rosenberg & Ralph H. Turner, Social Psychology: Sociological Perspectives, →ISBN, page 148:
      In addition to role discontinuity and lack of preparation for new roles, it appears that being "off-time" in taking on new roles or disengaging from old ones may make transitions more stressful, and that taking on multiple roles may be more difficult for the individual than a transition to only one new role or role-set.
    • 2013, Eileen Berlin Ray, Communication and Disenfranchisement: Social Health Issues and Implications., →ISBN:
      An off-time transition is difficult to deal with because no norms of behavior or social rituals exist to guide the person experiencing the change.
  2. out of sync; unsynchronized.
    • 2013, James W. Barron, Humor and Psyche: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, →ISBN:
      Better, said he, were “marches with college tunes in the trio [final section] against the original themes” creating an amusing “off-key and off-time” agglomeration of sound (Ives, 1976, p.41).
    • 2015, Ulisse Di Corpo & Antonella Vannini, SYNTROPY: The Spirit of Love, →ISBN, page 30:
      All told, some 30 subjects generated over 1.5 million trials in the remote and off-time experiments.
    • 2015, Myron Levine, Urban Politics: Cities and Suburbs in a Global Age, →ISBN:
      Reformers argued that the off-year or off-time (or off-cycle) scheduling of elections for school board and other local offices allows voters to focus on the issues unique to the race at hand.


off-time (not comparable)

  1. Occurring at a non-normal time.
    • 2014, E. Mark Cummings, Anita L. Greene, & Katherine H. Karraker, Life-span Developmental Psychology, →ISBN:
      In general, those life events taking place early off-time have greater negative impact than those taking place late off-time.