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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
time immemorial
    n 1: the distant past beyond memory [syn: time immemorial,
         time out of mind]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Immemorial \Im`me*mo"ri*al\, a. [Pref. im- not + memorial: cf.
   F. imm['e]morial.]
   Extending beyond the reach of memory, record, or tradition;
   indefinitely ancient; as, existing from time immemorial.
   "Immemorial elms." --Tennyson. "Immemorial usage or custom."
   --Sir M. Hale.
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   Time immemorial (Eng. Law.), a time antedating (legal)
      history, and beyond "legal memory" so called; formerly an
      indefinite time, but in 1276 this time was fixed by
      statute as the begining of the reign of Richard I. (1189).
      Proof of unbroken possession or use of any right since
      that date made it unnecessary to establish the original
      grant. In 1832 the plan of dating legal memory from a
      fixed time was abandoned and the principle substituted
      that rights which had been enjoyed for full twenty years
      (or as against the crown thirty years) should not be
      liable to impeachment merely by proving that they had not
      been enjoyed before.
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3. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Time \Time\, n.; pl. Times. [OE. time, AS. t[imac]ma, akin to
   t[imac]d time, and to Icel. t[imac]mi, Dan. time an hour, Sw.
   timme. [root]58. See Tide, n.]
   1. Duration, considered independently of any system of
      measurement or any employment of terms which designate
      limited portions thereof.
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            The time wasteth [i. e. passes away] night and day.
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            I know of no ideas . . . that have a better claim to
            be accounted simple and original than those of space
            and time.                             --Reid.
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   2. A particular period or part of duration, whether past,
      present, or future; a point or portion of duration; as,
      the time was, or has been; the time is, or will be.
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            God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake
            in time past unto the fathers by the prophets.
                                                  --Heb. i. 1.
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   3. The period at which any definite event occurred, or person
      lived; age; period; era; as, the Spanish Armada was
      destroyed in the time of Queen Elizabeth; -- often in the
      plural; as, ancient times; modern times.
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   4. The duration of one's life; the hours and days which a
      person has at his disposal.
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            Believe me, your time is not your own; it belongs to
            God, to religion, to mankind.         --Buckminster.
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   5. A proper time; a season; an opportunity.
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            There is . . . a time to every purpose. --Eccl. iii.
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            The time of figs was not yet.         --Mark xi. 13.
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   6. Hour of travail, delivery, or parturition.
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            She was within one month of her time. --Clarendon.
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   7. Performance or occurrence of an action or event,
      considered with reference to repetition; addition of a
      number to itself; repetition; as, to double cloth four
      times; four times four, or sixteen.
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            Summers three times eight save one.   --Milton.
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   8. The present life; existence in this world as contrasted
      with immortal life; definite, as contrasted with infinite,
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            Till time and sin together cease.     --Keble.
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   9. (Gram.) Tense.
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   10. (Mus.) The measured duration of sounds; measure; tempo;
       rate of movement; rhythmical division; as, common or
       triple time; the musician keeps good time.
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             Some few lines set unto a solemn time. --Beau. &
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   Note: Time is often used in the formation of compounds,
         mostly self-explaining; as, time-battered,
         time-beguiling, time-consecrated, time-consuming,
         time-enduring, time-killing, time-sanctioned,
         time-scorner, time-wasting, time-worn, etc.
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   Absolute time, time irrespective of local standards or
      epochs; as, all spectators see a lunar eclipse at the same
      instant of absolute time.

   Apparent time, the time of day reckoned by the sun, or so
      that 12 o'clock at the place is the instant of the transit
      of the sun's center over the meridian.

   Astronomical time, mean solar time reckoned by counting the
      hours continuously up to twenty-four from one noon to the

   At times, at distinct intervals of duration; now and then;
      as, at times he reads, at other times he rides.

   Civil time, time as reckoned for the purposes of common
      life in distinct periods, as years, months, days, hours,
      etc., the latter, among most modern nations, being divided
      into two series of twelve each, and reckoned, the first
      series from midnight to noon, the second, from noon to

   Common time (Mil.), the ordinary time of marching, in which
      ninety steps, each twenty-eight inches in length, are
      taken in one minute.

   Equation of time. See under Equation, n.

   In time.
       (a) In good season; sufficiently early; as, he arrived in
           time to see the exhibition.
       (b) After a considerable space of duration; eventually;
           finally; as, you will in time recover your health and

   Mean time. See under 4th Mean.

   Quick time (Mil.), time of marching, in which one hundred
      and twenty steps, each thirty inches in length, are taken
      in one minute.

   Sidereal time. See under Sidereal.

   Standard time, the civil time that has been established by
      law or by general usage over a region or country. In
      England the standard time is Greenwich mean solar time. In
      the United States and Canada four kinds of standard time
      have been adopted by the railroads and accepted by the
      people, viz., Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific
      time, corresponding severally to the mean local times of
      the 75th, 90th, 105th, and 120th meridians west from
      Greenwich, and being therefore five, six, seven, and eight
      hours slower than Greenwich time.

   Time ball, a ball arranged to drop from the summit of a
      pole, to indicate true midday time, as at Greenwich
      Observatory, England. --Nichol.

   Time bargain (Com.), a contract made for the sale or
      purchase of merchandise, or of stock in the public funds,
      at a certain time in the future.

   Time bill. Same as Time-table. [Eng.]

   Time book, a book in which is kept a record of the time
      persons have worked.

   Time detector, a timepiece provided with a device for
      registering and indicating the exact time when a watchman
      visits certain stations in his beat.

   Time enough, in season; early enough. "Stanly at Bosworth
      field, . . . came time enough to save his life." --Bacon.

   Time fuse, a fuse, as for an explosive projectile, which
      can be so arranged as to ignite the charge at a certain
      definite interval after being itself ignited.

   Time immemorial, or Time out of mind. (Eng. Law) See
      under Immemorial.

   Time lock, a lock having clockwork attached, which, when
      wound up, prevents the bolt from being withdrawn when
      locked, until a certain interval of time has elapsed.

   Time of day, salutation appropriate to the times of the
      day, as "good morning," "good evening," and the like;

   To kill time. See under Kill, v. t.

   To make time.
       (a) To gain time.
       (b) To occupy or use (a certain) time in doing something;
           as, the trotting horse made fast time.

   To move against time, To run against time, or To go
   against time, to move, run, or go a given distance without a
      competitor, in the quickest possible time; or, to
      accomplish the greatest distance which can be passed over
      in a given time; as, the horse is to run against time.

   True time.
       (a) Mean time as kept by a clock going uniformly.
       (b) (Astron.) Apparent time as reckoned from the transit
           of the sun's center over the meridian.
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Thesaurus Results for Time immemorial:

1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
ancient history, ancient times, ancientness, and night, antiquity, day after day, distance of time, distant past, enduringly, for an age, for life, for long, hour after hour, interminably, long, long ago, long since, month after month, morning, noon, persistently, protractedly, remote age, since time began, the livelong day, till doomsday, undyingly, unendingly, year after year
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