Definitions for pocket watch
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a watch that is carried in a small watch pocket
A watch carried in the pocket, often with a closing cover and usually attached to a chain.
A pocket watch is a watch that is made to be carried in a pocket, as opposed to a wristwatch, which is strapped to the wrist. They were the most common type of watch from their development in the 16th century until wristwatches became popular after World War I during which a transitional design, trench watches, were used by the military. Pocket watches generally have an attached chain to allow them to be secured to a waistcoat, lapel, or belt loop, and to prevent them from being dropped. Watches were also mounted on a short leather strap or fob, when a long chain would have been cumbersome or likely to catch on things. This fob could also provide a protective flap over their face and crystal. Women's watches were normally of this form, with a watch fob that was more decorative than protective. Chains were frequently decorated with a silver or enamel pendant, often carrying the arms of some club or society, which by association also became known as a fob. Ostensibly "practical" gadgets such as a watch winding key, vesta case or a cigar cutter also appeared on watch chains, although usually in an overly decorated style. Also common are fasteners designed to be put through a buttonhole and worn in a jacket or waistcoat, this sort being frequently associated with and named after train conductors.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.
Translations for pocket watch
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- kapesní hodinkyCzech
- reloj de faltriquera, reloj de bolsilloSpanish
- montre de pocheFrench
- orologio da taschinoItalian
- џебен часовникMacedonian
- relógio de bolsoPortuguese
- карманные часыRussian
- köstekli saat, cep saatiTurkish
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