What is time?


Time is defined by Wikipedia as the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past, through the present, to the future. Time is a component quantity of various measurements used to sequence events, to compare the duration of events or the intervals between them, and to quantify rates of change of quantities in material reality or in the conscious experience. Time is often referred to as a fourth dimension, along with three spatial dimensions.

And exacty what is time states, time is not an object or substance we can touch or see. But neither is it merely a dimension, quantity or a concept. Indeed, time has many aspects and appears to represent different things to different people in different circumstances. A few examples of some of the different contexts in which the word time is used may serve to indicate just how flexible, multi-functional (and often vague) the word is :

“Time stood still”
“Excuse me, do you have the time”
“It took a very long time”
“Adolescence is a difficult time”
“This is not the first time this has happened”
“It’s time for dinner”
“I don’t have time right now”
“Clap in time to the music”
“I had a good time last night”
“He completed the race in record time”
“Things were different in my time”
“He should be doing time for such a crime”

In addition, time can even be used as an adjective (e.g. a time bomb, time signature) and as a verb (e.g. to time a race, to time an event).

So, with those definitions I thought I would see how different events in my life and history fit into the concept of time.

If you have an event you would like me to add, let me know in the comments below.

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