What does clock mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clockverb

    a timepiece that shows the time of day

  2. clock, timeverb

    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"


  1. Clocknoun

    A machine for measuring time, indicating the hour and other divisions; in ordinary mechanical clocks for domestic or office use the time is indicated on a typically circular face or dial plate containing two hands, pointing to numbers engraved on the periphery of the face, thus showing the hours and minutes. The works of a mechanical clock 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. In electrical or electronic clocks, the time may be indicated, as on a mechanical clock, by hands, but may also be indicated by direct digital readout, with the hours and minutes in normal Arabic numerals. The readout using hands is often called analog to distinguish it from the digital readout. Some clocks also indicate the seconds. Clocks are not adapted, like the watch, to be carried on the person. Specialized clocks, such as atomic clocks, may be constructed on different principles, and may have a very high precision for use in scientific observations.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CLOCKnoun

    Etymology: clocc, Welsh, from clôch, a bell, Welsh and Armorick; cloche, French.

    If a man be in sickness or pain, the time will seem longer without a clock or hour-glass than with it. Francis Bacon.

    The picture of Jerome usually described at his study, is with a clock hanging by. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. v. c. 17.

    I told the clocks, and watch’d the wasting light. Dryden.

    What is’t o’clock? ————
    ———— Upon the stroke of four. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Macicaus set forward about ten o’clock in the night, towards Andrussa. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    About nine of the clock at night the king marched out of the North-port. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    His stockings with silver clocks were ravished from him. Jonathan Swift, on Modern Education.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clocknoun

    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. Clocknoun

    a watch, esp. one that strikes

  3. Clocknoun

    the striking of a clock

  4. Clocknoun

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

  5. Clockverb

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

  6. Clock

    to call, as a hen. See Cluck

  7. Clocknoun

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

  8. Etymology: [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. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clock

    klok, n. a machine for measuring time, marking the time by the position of its 'hands' upon the dial-plate, or by the striking of a hammer on a bell: (Shak.) the striking of the hour.—n. Clock′work, the works or machinery of a clock: machinery steady and regular like that of a clock.—adj. automatic.—Go like clockwork, to go along smoothly and without a hitch.—Know what o'clock it is, to be wide awake, to know how things are. [M. E. clokke, prob. through O. Fr. from Low L. cloca, clocca, a bell; mod. Fr. cloche, Dut. klok; Ger. glocke, a bell.]

  2. Clock

    klok, n. an ornament worked on the side of a stocking.—adj. Clocked, ornamented with clocks.

  3. Clock

    klok, n. a beetle—common name in Scotland.

  4. Clock

    klok, v.i. (Scot.) to cluck: to hatch.—n. Clock′er, a clocking hen. [A.S. cloccian; Dut. klokken.]

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.”

Rap Dictionary

  1. clockverb

    To stay aware of what happens around you. "You're the one that I'm clocking" -- Ol' Dirty Bastard (Raw hide)

  2. clockverb

    To earn. "I clock ducats" -- Public Enemy.

  3. clockverb

    To always watch, always have or to always be into something. "clockin' a grip" -- Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg (Nuthin' but a "G" Thang).

  4. clockverb

    To hit or knock someone out, as in "he clocked him". Probably comes from "he got his clock cleaned".

Editors Contribution

  1. clock

    A type of device to show, detail and measure time.

    Some people love a clock others use their mobile phones.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clock in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of clock in a Sentence

  1. Phil Lloyd:

    A lot of the corporate market are waiting for a few things of which one is a term rate. And if they never get a term rate, then waiting will lead to them still executing Libor, and not being ready for Sonia. The clock is ticking, and the other point about having a term rate is you're starting to get back into a world where you are really recreating a new version of Libor.

  2. Maribeth Witzel-Behl:

    We will have poll workers call us with turnout numbers at 11 and 4 o'clock on Election Day. We will have them let us know how many absentees they've processed so far, if they are behind, we will send additional help. We have a team of officials willing to travel anywhere and will travel from location to location to get absentee ballots processed.

  3. Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen:

    We think we've stalled the clock just enough to stop HUD from finalizing this, even if they finalize it, we've been working with the Joe Biden transition to make sure Biden's HUD repeals this just as quickly. We hope the Joe Biden administration will clean it right back up.

  4. Adam Kolton:

    If they really stick with that timeline, then they're likely going to be violating several environmental laws, this is being rushed faster than any area we've ever seen in the American Arctic and almost any area in the United States. It's about meeting a political clock.

  5. Tom Robbins:

    When she was a small girl, Amanda hid a ticking clock in an old, rotten tree trunk. It drove woodpeckers crazy. Ignoring tasty bugs all around them, they just about beat their brains out trying to get at the clock. Years later, Amanda used the woodpecker experiment as a model for understanding capitalism, Communism, Christianity, and all other systems that traffic in future rewards rather than in present realities.

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