Clock definitions

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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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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 strike or hit (someone) forcefully, especially in the face.
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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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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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An embroidered or woven decoration on the side of a stocking or sock.
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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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A measuring or recording device suggestive of a clock, as a taximeter.
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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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To hit or punch (someone) violently.
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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 internal timing device. Using a quartz crystal, the CPU clock breathes life into the microprocessor by feeding it a constant flow of pulses. For example, a 200 MHz CPU receives 200 million pulses per second from the clock. A 2 GHz CPU gets two billion pulses per second. Similarly, in a communications device, a clock is used to set the transmission speed and may also be used to synchronize the pulses between sender and receiver.A "real-time clock," also called the "system clock," keeps track of the time of day and makes this data available to the software. A "timesharing clock" interrupts the CPU at regular intervals and allows the operating system to divide its time between active users and/or applications. See per clock, clockless computing and MHz.
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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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The seed head of a dandelion.
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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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(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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(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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Origin of clock

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.