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Definitions for hourglass
ˈaʊərˌglæs, -ˌglɑs, ˈaʊ ər-hour·glass

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hourglassnoun

    a sandglass that runs for sixty minutes

Wiktionary

  1. hourglassnoun

    A clock made of two glass vessels connected with a narrow passage, with sand flowing through that passage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hourglassnoun

    an instrument for measuring time, especially the interval of an hour. It consists of a glass vessel having two compartments, from the uppermost of which a quantity of sand, water, or mercury occupies an hour in running through a small aperture unto the lower

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  1. Hourglass

    An hourglass measures the passage of a few minutes or an hour of time. It has two connected vertical glass bulbs allowing a regulated trickle of material from the top to the bottom. Once the top bulb is empty, it can be inverted to begin timing again. The name hourglass comes from historically common hour timing. Factors affecting the time measured include the amount of sand, the bulb size, the neck width, and the sand quality. Alternatives to sand are powdered eggshell and powdered marble. In modern times, hourglasses are ornamental, or used when an approximate measure suffices, as in egg timers for cooking or for board games.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hourglass in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hourglass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of hourglass in a Sentence

  1. Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward:

    We can't get things to normal until we unite as a community and ask these folks to go home so we can start working together, the fact is there is there is an hourglass, and it's running. And time is going to run out.

  2. Scott Walker:

    Politics has a musical chairs component to it, you have the hourglass of sand and at the end of the day, there's only one seat.

  3. James Gordon Gilkey:

    Most of us think ourselves as standing wearily and helplessly at the center of a circle bristling with tasks, burdens, problems, annoyance, and responsibilities which are rushing in upon us. At every moment we have a dozen different things to do, a dozen problems to solve, a dozen strains to endure. We see ourselves as overdriven, overburdened, overtired. This is a common mental picture and it is totally false. No one of us, however crowded his life, has such an existence. What is the true picture of your life? Imagine that there is an hour glass on your desk. Connecting the bowl at the top with the bowl at the bottom is a tube so thin that only one grain of sand can pass through it at a time. That is the true picture of your life, even on a super busy day, The crowded hours come to you always one moment at a time. That is the only way they can come. The day may bring many tasks, many problems, strains, but invariably they come in single file. You want to gain emotional poise? Remember the hourglass, the grains of sand dropping one by one.

  4. Anthony Liccione:

    She stared at me, like day stares at an hourglass and night, the sand trickling through time; the sea disappearing to eyes in the dark. But I hear her waves coming in, as she whispers one last chance goodbye.

  5. RVM:

    Life is like an Hourglass. The grains of sand drop one by one and then it’s all over. Live before you die.

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