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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Watch-glass a sand-glass: the glass covering of the face of a watch
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  • Irvin S. Cobb
    Irvin S. Cobb
    “A sudden violent jolt of it has been known to stop the victim's watch, snap his suspenders and crack his glass eye right across.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wæccewacan, wake.


In literature:

We can learn more from watching one bird with a glass than we could from shooting a hundred.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
His watching eyes saw her need, and he reached the caraffe and a glass, and poured out a draught.
"The Mark of the Beast" by Sidney Watson
Charlie stood near the captain, who, instead of watching her, was sweeping the horizon with his glass.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
She unslung Harris's glasses and dismounted to watch for his reappearance.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
I watched them through my glasses.
"The North Pole" by Robert E. Peary
Aramis pretended to be drinking, so as to be able to watch his host through the glass.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
One glance through Sandy's glass had told her the little fellow had not watched in vain.
"A Daughter of the Sioux" by Charles King
I used actually to watch the sand-glass.
"Santa Teresa an Appreciation: with some of the best passages of the Saint's Writings" by Alexander Whyte
So we rushed out with our glasses and watched.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
Monsieur Alphonse watched her through the glass pane.
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Julian watched Phyllis slowly set down the glass and bottle.
"Gideon's Band" by George W. Cable
In vain I watched for a gleam of sunshine, which would enable me, by means of my burning-glass, to kindle a fire.
"In the Rocky Mountains" by W. H. G. Kingston
Bart, you take the glass, and keep watch from high up the path.
"The Silver Canyon" by George Manville Fenn
You've broke my watch-glass, and I can feel the bits pricking me.
"Syd Belton" by George Manville Fenn
Norman Foley and Gerald were frequently watching their ship through the glass.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
Peering through the glass he watched the entrance to the Clarenden.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
Captain Rymer had been watching her for some time through his glass.
"Adrift in a Boat" by W.H.G. Kingston
One was to remain constantly on an eminence, and watch the prairie with the glass.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He was watching other points through his glass.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines" by H. Irving Hancock
Not far away, Captain St. Simon watched the Earthman's procedure through a pair of high-powered field glasses.
"Anchorite" by Randall Garrett

In poetry:

"And when, at last, she falls asleep,
My book becomes to me
A magic glass: my watch I keep,
But all the world I see.
"The Wishing Bridge" by John Greenleaf Whittier
For she was proud of her father's ships,
As she watched them gayly pass;
And pride looked out of her eyes and lips
When she saw herself in the glass.
"The Proud Lady" by Henry Van Dyke
Out in the park two birds were mating,
Building together their tiny nest;
Keenly the captive watched them, waiting,
Pressing the glass with its throbbing breast.
"The Captive" by John Lawson Stoddard
The trumpet's voice, loud and authoritative,
Draws me a moment to the lighted glass
To watch the dancers - all under twenty-five -
Solemnly on the beat of happiness.
"Reasons For Attendance" by Philip Larkin
For fifteen men in jungle green
Rose from the kunai grass
And came towards the plane. My men
In silence watched them pass;
It seemed they looked upon themselves
In Times's prophetic glass.
"Men In Green" by David Campbell
Nine years have slipt like hour-glass sand
From life's still-emptying globe away,
Since last, dear friend, I clasped your hand,
And stood upon the impoverished land,
Watching the steamer down the bay.
"An Invitation" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Ashley Sarmanto, 17, of Redding, Calif, gets some glasses to watch the solar eclipse Wednesday, May 15, 2012, from Whiskeytown National Recreation Area volunteer Dolores Fremter at the park's visitors center in California.
But the fact it can be watched with your own eyes without wearing silly glasses (or imposing a serious headache) is causing people to check themselves.
Put your glass under the spigot and watch the pour.
Watch How to Make an Inverted Wine Glass Centerpiece in the Rachael Ray Video.
N a hotel in Belgrade in 1937, Rebecca West watched businessmen at the bar lifting their glasses and slapping each other on the back.
It seemed like the ideal summer evening to watch a movie On Demand, so I settled on the couch with a glass of lemonade and programmed the DVR to watch the movie version of one of my favorite books, "The Lorax.".
CU Buffs' glass- eater André Roberson on preseason watch list.
Comic-Con Freebie Watch: Bags, Snacks, and Gary Oldman's Glasses.
For those of us interested in watching 3-D video but who hate wearing funny-looking glasses — and isn't that most of us.
These futuristic pieces of glass, called "Windows to the World," will be far more than just a way to watch the miles fly by.
Didn't the creative director watch the Little House on the Prairie episode where the big score was a set of "real" glass windows.
Ava Waite watches the Transit of Venus across the face of the sun with special eclipse glasses during a viewing party on Tuesday at the Adelson Educational Campus in Summerlin.
Watch Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass Answer Joss Whedon.
Watch a Delightful Short That Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass Made for Their New Movie.
A tattooed man with a goatee shakes five dice in a black cup, slams it down on the bar and watches as they come to rest among half-full beer bottles and empty shot glasses.

In science:

Imagine that the man with the shot-glass watches what he is doing and compensates for an underfilled shot by following it with a shot with more than average filling, so that two successive glasses together scoop similar amount of water.
Correlation effects in sequential energy branching: an exact model of the Fano statistics