Definitions of clock

  1. measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time; " he clocked the runners"
  2. 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.
  3. A watch, esp. one that strikes.
  4. The striking of a clock.
  5. A figure or figured work on the ankle or side of a stocking.
  6. To ornament with figured work, as the side of a stocking.
  7. To call, as a hen. See Cluck.
  8. A large beetle, esp. the European dung beetle ( Scarabaeus stercorarius).
  9. A machine to measure and indicate time by means of hands moving over a dial- plate; an ornament on the ankle of a stocking.
  10. Clocked.
  11. A machine for measuring time, and which marks the time by the position of its " hands" upon the dial plate, or by the striking of a hammer on a bell.
  12. A machine for measuring time.
  13. A machine for measuring and indicating time.
  14. A machine which tells the time of day, consisting of wheels moved by weights or springs, and regulated by a pendulum, but more especially the larger machines of this kind, so constructed as to tell the hours by the stroke of a hammer upon a bell; a beetle.
  15. To call, as the hen. The clock of a stocking, the figured work or embroidery about the ankle. The phrases. What's o'clock! and What o'clock is it? are contractions of What hour of the clock is it ? See Cloak and Cluck.
  16. A machine which shows the time of day and strikes the hours; clockmaker, one who makes clocks; clock- work, mechanism like a clock; o'clock, contraction for " time of, on, or by the clock".
  17. Familiar name of the common beetle.
  18. The cry of the brooding hen- see cluck.

Usage examples for clock

  1. And inside is all clock- work. – The Fighting Chance by Robert W. Chambers
  2. Turning back into the room she repeated; " The clock is too soon." – The Pretty Lady by Arnold E. Bennett
  3. 3. A story told by the school clock. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  4. Never heard a note o' that blessed clock, if you'll believe me. – The Delectable Duchy by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  5. The father looks at the clock. – Pélléas and Mélisande by Maurice Maeterlinck
  6. It's like a clock. – Austin and His Friends by Frederic H. Balfour
  7. I put back the clock. – Fairy Tales from the German Forests by Margaret Arndt
  8. Hour after hour she heard the clock strike. – Jezebel's Daughter by Wilkie Collins
  9. He heard a clock strike the half- hour- half- past ten. – A Hero of Romance by Richard Marsh
  10. She glanced at the clock and started up. – Viviette by William J. Locke
  11. It isn't necessary for you to watch the clock. – Just Patty by Jean Webster
  12. It's six o'clock- there's the clock striking. – Archie's Mistake by G. E. Wyatt
  13. A glance at the clock of a church they passed reassured her. – Salome by Emma Marshall
  14. As luck would have it, the clock by which he had started was fast, and he was home in good time. – Up in Ardmuirland by Michael Barrett
  15. The clock had struck two. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  16. The clock struck one, And there was Jim A little bit gone. – Peacock Pie, A Book of Rhymes by Walter de la Mare
  17. At this moment the clock struck six. – The Regent's Daughter by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  18. What's become of the clock? – The Bicyclers and Three Other Farces by John Kendrick Bangs
  19. I lay down and fell into a deep sleep from which I did not awake until nine o'clock on Monday morning. – Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science by Hudson Tuttle
  20. He laughed for nearly a quarter of an hour by the clock. – The Old Man's Bag by T. W. H. Crosland