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Meaning of CLOCK

Pronunciation:  klâk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a timepiece that shows the time of day
  2. [v]  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"

CLOCK is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: time
 See Also: alarm, alarm clock, Big Ben, chronometer, clepsydra, clock dial, clock face, cuckoo clock, electric clock, measure, mistime, movement, pendulum clock, quantify, system clock, time clock, timekeeper, timepiece, turret clock, wall clock, water clock, water glass



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Clock\, n. [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.
    1. 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. A watch, esp. one that strikes. [Obs.] --Walton.
    3. The striking of a clock. [Obs.] --Dryden.
    4. A figure or figured work on the ankle or side of a
       stocking. --Swift.
    Note: The phrases what o'clock? it is nine o'clock, etc., are
          contracted from what of the clock? it is nine of the
          clock, etc.
    {Alarm clock}. See under {Alarm}.
    {Astronomical clock}.
       (a) A clock of superior construction, with a compensating
           pendulum, etc., to measure time with great accuracy,
           for use in astronomical observatories; -- called a
           regulator when used by watchmakers as a standard for
           regulating timepieces.
       (b) A clock with mechanism for indicating certain
           astronomical phenomena, as the phases of the moon,
           position of the sun in the ecliptic, equation of time,
    {Electric clock}.
       (a) A clock moved or regulated by electricity or
       (b) A clock connected with an electro-magnetic recording
    {Ship's clock} (Naut.), a clock arranged to strike from one
       to eight strokes, at half hourly intervals, marking the
       divisions of the ship's watches.
    {Sidereal clock}, an astronomical clock regulated to keep
       sidereal time.
  2. \Clock\ (kl[o^]k), v. t.
    To ornament with figured work, as the side of a stocking.
  3. \Clock\, v. t. & i.
    To call, as a hen. See {Cluck}. [R.]
  4. \Clock\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    A large beetle, esp. the European dung beetle ({Scarab[ae]us
Computing Dictionary

A processor's clock or one cycle thereof. The relative execution times of instructions on a computer are usually measured by number of clock cycles rather than seconds. One good reason for this is that clock rates for various models of the computer may increase as technology improves, and it is usually the relative times one is interested in when discussing the instruction set.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a clock in your dream means the importance of time or that time is running out. You may be feeling some anxiety of not being on top of things. Your mind may be preoccupied with a deadline that you have to meet or some other time-sensitive issue. It is time for you to tread on and speed up your actions. Alternatively, clocks are representative of death, especially if the clock has stopped. This is a common theme for the terminally ill or the dying. A clock seen in your dream may also symbolize the ticking of the human heart and thus is indicative of the emotional side of your life.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: beat time, Big Ben, brood, chronometer, clock movement, clockworks, cover, fix the time, horologe, horologium, keep time, mark time, measure time, set, set the time, sit, ticker, time, timekeeper, timepiece, timer, turnip, watch, watchworks