Meaning of military time in English:

military time


North American
  • A method of measuring the time based on the full twenty-four hours of the day rather than two groups of twelve hours; the twenty-four-hour clock.

    ‘at 00:05 (12:05 for those of you who can't read military time) the assault began’
    • ‘All reported time variables are in military time as 0000 to 2359.’
    • ‘As students mastered the agenda, laid out in military time, they made their way to the training sessions.’
    • ‘I'm currently helping one of the office workers with a project that involves, among other things, entering dates in military time.’
    • ‘I looked at the timetable and saw 20:11 (8:11 pm for those who are like me and can't figure out military time).’
    • ‘It might also be helpful to have a luminous watch with military time.’
    • ‘If you want to convert standard time to military time, add 1200 to any time from 1:00pm to 11:00pm.’
    • ‘I accidentally set my ancient Seiko digital watch to military time and can't figure out how to set it back.’
    • ‘To simplify matters, I've converted the military time in the report to standard time.’
    • ‘At exactly 20:12 British Summer Time (for those who don't use military time, that'd be 8:12 p.m.), a Royal Marine abseiled from a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter onto the ramparts of the Tower of London.’
    • ‘Most of the times are in the 00:00 or 01:00 time frame, so you'll have to convert those to 24 or 25, then subtract the conversion figure to get military time, then subtract 12 to get conventional p.m. time.’