What does clock mean?

Definitions for clock
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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"

GCIDE

  1. Clock(n.)

    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.

    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.]

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

    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.]

  2. Clock(noun)

    a watch, esp. one that strikes

    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.]

  3. Clock(noun)

    the striking of a clock

    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.]

  4. Clock(noun)

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

    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.]

  5. Clock(verb)

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

    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.]

  6. Clock

    to call, as a hen. See Cluck

    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.]

  7. Clock(noun)

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

    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.]

Freebase

  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. clock(verb)

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

  2. clock(verb)

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

  3. clock(verb)

    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. clock(verb)

    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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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

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How to say clock in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Andrew Budson:

    You ca n’t slow the clock down, you can just reset it, it is much better to dial it back to repeat a year in your 60s than in your 80s.

  2. Jefferson Davis:

    This is not how anyone wants to celebrate Easter Sunday, the state and our first responders are working around the clock and will not rest until this is over. We are mobilizing all resources available to protect our people and their property.

  3. Paul Grimm:

    In patients who are on the regular drug, the four-times-a-day drug (cystagon), they have tremendous amounts of family disruption because you have to give the drug every six hours around the clock, and if you think about it, for a lot of families that just can’t happen— if there’s a single-parent family or [they have] a lot of kids, or if the family isn’t very well off, or if mom and dad both work.

  4. Bobby Wilson:

    [She] was hell-bent on killing me in my sleep one night. At three o’clock in the morning, I woke up to find a rifle in my face— a semiautomatic rifle at that — and the bullets started to fly, and I started diving for cover.

  5. Voltaire:

    Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.

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