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clock

EnglishEdit

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The clock at Big Ben.
The clock of a dandelion.

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

c. 1350–1400, Middle English clok, clokke, from Middle Dutch klocke (bell, clock), from Old Northern French cloque (bell), from Medieval Latin clocca, probably of Celtic origin, from Proto-Celtic *klokkos (bell) (compare Welsh cloch, Irish clog), from Proto-Indo-European *klēg-, *klōg-. Related to Old English clucge, Low German Klock (bell, clock), German Glocke, Swedish klocka. More at laugh.

Alternative formsEdit

  • CLK (contraction used in electronics)

NounEdit

clock (plural clocks)

  1. An instrument used to measure or keep track of time; a non-portable timepiece.
  2. (UK) The odometer of a motor vehicle.
    This car has over 300,000 miles on the clock.
  3. (electronics) An electrical signal that synchronizes timing among digital circuits of semiconductor chips or modules.
  4. The seed head of a dandelion.
  5. A timeclock.
    I can't go off to lunch yet, I'm still on the clock.
    We let the guys use the shop's tools and equipment for their own projects as long as they're off the clock.
SynonymsEdit
  • (instrument used to measure or keep track of time): timepiece
  • (odometer of a motor vehicle): odometer
Derived termsEdit
TranslationsEdit
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VerbEdit

clock (third-person singular simple present clocks, present participle clocking, simple past and past participle clocked)

  1. (transitive) To measure the duration of.
  2. (transitive) To measure the speed of.
    He was clocked at 155 miles per hour.
  3. (transitive, slang) To hit (someone)
    When the boxer let down his guard, his opponent clocked him.
  4. (slang) To take notice of; to realise.
    Clock the wheels on that car!
    He finally clocked that there were no more cornflakes.
    • 2006, Lily Allen, Knock 'Em Out
      Cut to the pub on a lads night out,
      Man at the bar cos it was his shout,
      Clocks this bird and she looks OK,
      Caught him looking and she walks his way,
  5. (UK, slang) To falsify the reading of the odometer of a vehicle.
    I don't believe that car has done only 40,000 miles. It's been clocked.
  6. (transitive, New Zealand, slang) To beat a video game.
    Have you clocked that game yet?
QuotationsEdit
  • to take notice of
    • 2000, Phil Austin, Naugahide Days: The Lost Island Stories of Thomas Wood Briar[1], page 109:
      Bo John and I twisted our heads around as Miranda braked over to the gravelly shoulder, let the Scout wheeze to a stop. She was climbing out, hurrying back to whatever had caught her eye. Bo John leered into the door mirror, clocking her flouncing, leggy strut.
    • 2005, Jr. Aaron Bryant, Cupid Is Stupid[2], page 19:
      It is true. Carmen is an official gold digger. In fact, she is an instructor at the school of gold digging. Hood rats have been clocking her style for years. Wanting to pull the players she pulled, and wishing they had the looks she had.
    • 2006, Ken Bruen, [3], page 36:
      And he waits till I extend my hand, the two fingers visibly crushed. He clocks them, I say, "Phil."
SynonymsEdit
  • (measure the duration of): time
  • (measure the speed of):
  • (slang: hit (someone)): slug, smack, thump, whack
  • (slang: take notice of): check out, scope out
  • (slang: falsify the reading of the odometer of a vehicle): turn back (the vehicle's) clock, wind back (the vehicle's) clock
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Etymology 2Edit

Origin uncertain; designs may have originally been bell-shaped and thus related to Etymology 1, above.

NounEdit

clock (plural clocks)

  1. A pattern near the heel of a sock or stocking.
    • 1882, W.S. Gilbert, “When you're lying awake”[4], Iolanthe, or The Peer and the Peri: 
      But this you can't stand, so you throw up your hand,
      and you find you're as cold as an icicle,
      In your shirt and your socks (the black silk with gold clocks),
      crossing Salisbury Plain on a bicycle
    • 1894, William Barnes, “Grammer's Shoes”, Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect, page 110: 
      She'd a gown wi' girt flowers lik' hollyhocks
      An zome stockèns o' gramfer's a-knit wi' clocks
    • 2004, Sheila McGregor, Traditional Scandinavian Knitting[5], Courier Dover, ISBN 0486433005, page 60:
      Most decoration involved the ankle clocks, and several are shown on p.15 in the form of charts.
    • 2006, J. Munslow, Kathryn McKelvey, Fashion Source Book[6], ISBN 1405126930, page 231:
      Clocks: These are ornamental designs embroidered or woven on to the ankles of stockings.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonathan Swift to this entry?)
TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

clock (third-person singular simple present clocks, present participle clocking, simple past and past participle clocked)

  1. (transitive) To ornament (e.g. the side of a stocking) with figured work.

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Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

clock (plural clocks)

  1. A large beetle, especially the European dung beetle (Scarabaeus stercorarius).

Etymology 4Edit

VerbEdit

clock (third-person singular simple present clocks, present participle clocking, simple past and past participle clocked)

  1. (intransitive, dated) To make the sound of a hen; to cluck.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


ScotsEdit

VerbEdit

tae clock (third-person singular simple present clocks, present participle clockin, simple past clockit, past participle clockit)

  1. to hatch (an egg)