Clock definition

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A measuring or recording device suggestive of a clock, as a taximeter.
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(slang) To take notice of; to realise.

Clock the wheels on that car!

He finally clocked that there were no more cornflakes.

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The definition of a clock is a device for measuring and showing the time of day, or a decoration on the side of a sock or stocking coming up from the ankle.

An example of a clock is a watch.

An example of a clock is a piece of embroidery on a sock.

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Clock means to measure speed or time.

An example of clock is to record how long it takes a runner to finish a marathon.

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To record working hours with a time clock.

Clocks in at 8:00 and out at 4:00.

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An embroidered or woven decoration on the side of a stocking or sock.
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(informal) To hit or punch (someone) violently.
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The seed head of a dandelion.
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(informal) To strike or hit (someone) forcefully, especially in the face.
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To measure the speed or record the time of (a race, runner, motorist, etc.) with a stopwatch or other timing device.
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To measure (work done, distance covered, etc.) with a registering device.
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A woven or embroidered ornament on the side of a sock or stocking, going up from the ankle.
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An instrument other than a watch for measuring or indicating time, especially a mechanical or electronic device having a numbered dial and moving hands or a digital display.
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A biological clock.
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To register or record with a mechanical device.

Clocked the winds at 60 miles per hour.

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An instrument used to measure or keep track of time; a non-portable timepiece.
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(UK) The odometer of a motor vehicle.

This car has over 300,000 miles on the clock.

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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.

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To measure the duration of.
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To measure the speed of.

He was clocked at 155 miles per hour.

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(slang) To hit (someone)

When the boxer let down his guard, his opponent clocked him.

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(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.

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(New Zealand, slang) To beat a video game.

Have you clocked that game yet?

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A pattern near the heel of a sock or stocking.

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To ornament (e.g. the side of a stocking) with figured work.
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A large beetle, especially the European dung beetle (Scarabaeus stercorarius).
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(intransitive, dated) To make the sound of a hen; to cluck.
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An instrument other than a watch for measuring or indicating time, especially a mechanical or electronic device having a numbered dial and moving hands or a digital display.
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A time clock.
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A source of regularly occurring pulses used to measure the passage of time, as in a computer.
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Any of various devices that indicate measurement, such as a speedometer or a taximeter.
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A biological clock.
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The downy flower head of a dandelion that has gone to seed.
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To time, as with a stopwatch.

Clock a runner.

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To register or record with a mechanical device.

Clocked the winds at 60 miles per hour.

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To be measured or registered, especially at a certain speed or rate. Often used with in .

A fastball that clocks in at 95 miles per hour.

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A device used for measuring and indicating time, traditionally by means of pointers moving over a dial: clocks, unlike watches, are not meant to be worn or carried about.
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around
  • Throughout the entire 24 hours of the day; continuously.
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(slang) clean (someone's) clock
  • To beat or defeat decisively:
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kill
  • To preserve a lead by maintaining possession of the ball or puck until playing time expires.
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around the clock
  • day and night without stopping
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clock in (or out)
  • to record the time of one's arrival (or departure) by means of a time clock
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
clock
Plural:
clocks

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of clock

  • Middle English clokke from Old North French cloque bell or from Middle Dutch clocke bell, clock both from Medieval Latin clocca of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from clock bell (obsolete), from its original bell-shaped appearance

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • c. 1350–1400, Middle English clok, clokke, from Middle Dutch klocke (“bell, clock”) (modern klok), from Old Northern French cloque 'bell' (French cloche), from Gaulish clocca (compare Welsh cloch, Irish clog), from Proto-Indo-European *klak. More at laugh. Related to Old English clucge, Low German Klock (bell, clock), German Glocke, Swedish klocka.

    From Wiktionary

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

    From Wiktionary