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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. an instrument, normally larger than a watch, for measuring and recording time, usu. with hands or changing numbers to indicate the hour and minute.

    Category: Horology

  2. Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: time clock.

  3. a meter for measuring and recording speed, distance covered, etc.

  4. Category: Biology

    Ref: biological clock.

  5. (v.t.)to time, test, or determine by means of a clock or watch:

    The racehorse was clocked at two minutes flat.

  6. strike sharply or heavily:

    clocked him in the face.

    Category: Status (usage)

  7. (v.i.)clock in (or out), to begin (or end) the day's work, esp. by punching a time clock.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for clock:

  1. around the clock, for the entire 24-hour day without pause. without stopping for rest; tirelessly.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of clock:

1350–1400; ME clok(ke) < MD clocke bell, clock; akin to OE clucge, OHG glocka, OIr clocc bell; cf. cloak



  1. an embroidered or woven design on the side of a sock or stocking at the ankle or leg.

    Category: Clothing

Origin of clock:

1520–30; orig. uncert.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clock(verb)

    a timepiece that shows the time of day

  2. clock, time(verb)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. clock(noun)ɒk

    a device for telling time

    the church/kitchen clock; a digital clock

  2. clockɒk

    to make the time on a clock earlier

  3. clockɒk

    to make the time on a clock later

  4. clockɒk

    all day and all night

    to work around the clock

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clock(noun)

    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. Clock(noun)

    a watch, esp. one that strikes

  3. Clock(noun)

    the striking of a clock

  4. Clock(noun)

    a figure or figured work on the ankle or side of a stocking

  5. Clock(verb)

    to ornament with figured work, as the side of a stocking

  6. Clock

    to call, as a hen. See Cluck

  7. Clock(noun)

    a large beetle, esp. the European dung beetle (Scarabaeus stercorarius)


  1. Clock

    A clock is an instrument used to indicate, keep, and co-ordinate time. The word clock is derived ultimately from the Celtic words clagan and clocca meaning "bell". A silent instrument missing such a mechanism has traditionally been known as a timepiece. In general usage today a "clock" refers to any device for measuring and displaying the time. Watches and other timepieces that can be carried on one's person are often distinguished from clocks. The clock is one of the oldest human inventions, meeting the need to consistently measure intervals of time shorter than the natural units: the day; the lunar month; and the year. Devices operating on several different physical processes have been used over the millennia, culminating in the clocks of today. The study of timekeeping is known as horology.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. clock

    1. A telltale; a gossip; a blab. 2. A chink through which the Greta Secret leaks. 3. The Big Ben of eternity.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. clock

    n.,v. 1. [techspeak] The master oscillator that steps a CPU or other digital circuit through its paces. This has nothing to do with the time of day, although the software counter that keeps track of the latter may be derived from the former. 2. vt. To run a CPU or other digital circuit at a particular rate. “If you clock it at 1000MHz, it gets warm.”. See overclock. 3. vt. To force a digital circuit from one state to the next by applying a single clock pulse. “The data must be stable 10ns before you clock the latch.”

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clock' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3584

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clock' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2380

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'clock' in Nouns Frequency: #1310

Translations for clock

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an instrument for measuring time, but not worn on the wrist like a watch

We have five clocks in our house; an alarm clock (= a clock with a ringing device for waking one up in the morning).

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