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Clock, n. Etym: [AS. clucge bell; akin to D. klok clock, bell, G. glocke, Dan. klokke, Sw. klocka, Icel. klukka bell, LL. clocca, cloca (whence F. cloche); al perh. of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. & Gael. clog bell, clock, W. cloch bell. Cf. Cloak.]

1. A machine for measuring time, indicating the hour and other divisions by means of hands moving on a dial plate. Its works are moved by a weight or a spring, and it is often so constructed as to tell the hour by the stroke of a hammer on a bell. It is not adapted, like the watch, to be carried on the person.

2. A watcg, esp. one that strikes. [Obs.] Walton.

3. The striking of a clock. [Obs.] Dryden.

4. A figure or figured work on the ankle or side of a stocking. Swift.

Note: The phrases what o'clock it is nine o'clock, etc., are contracted from what of the clock it is nine of the clock, etc. Alarm clock. See under Alarm.

-- Astronomical clock. (a) A clock of superior construction, with a

compensating pendulum, etc., to measure time with great accuracy, for use in astronomical observatories; -- called a regulator when used by watchmakers as a standard for regulating timepieces. (b) A clock with mechanism for indicating certain astronomical phenomena, as the phases of the moon, position of the sun in the ecliptic, equation of time, etc.

-- Electric clock. (a) A clock moved or regulated by electricity or

electro-magnetism. (b) A clock connected with an electro-magnetic recording apparatus.

-- Ship's clock (Naut.), a clock arranged to strike from one to

eight strokes, at half hourly intervals, marking the divisions of the ship's watches.

-- Sidereal clock, an astronomical clock regulated to keep sidereal


clock Clock, v. t.

Defn: To ornament with figured work, as the side of a stocking.

clock Clock, v. t. & i.

Defn: To call, as a hen. See Cluck. [R.]

clock Clock, n. (Zoöl.)

Defn: A large beetle, esp. the European dung beetle (Scarabæus stercorarius).


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