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  • Cinderella and Clock
    Cinderella and Clock
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v clock 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"
    • n clock a timepiece that shows the time of day
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The "Moonfaced" Clock in High Street The "Moonfaced" Clock in High Street
I wind the clock I wind the clock

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: All of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on 4:20
    • Clock A figure or figured work on the ankle or side of a stocking.
    • n Clock (Zoöl) A large beetle, esp. the European dung beetle (Scarabæus stercorarius).
    • Clock A machine for measuring time, indicating the hour and other divisions; in ordinary mechanical clocks for domestic or office use the time is indicated on a typically circular face or dial plate containing two hands, pointing to numbers engraved on the periphery of the face, thus showing the hours and minutes. The works of a mechanical clock 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. In electrical or electronic clocks, the time may be indicated, as on a mechanical clock, by hands, but may also be indicated by direct digital readout, with the hours and minutes in normal Arabic numerals. The readout using hands is often called analog to distinguish it from the digital readout. Some clocks also indicate the seconds. Clocks are not adapted, like the watch, to be carried on the person. Specialized clocks, such as atomic clocks, may be constructed on different principles, and may have a very high precision for use in scientific observations.
    • Clock A watch, esp. one that strikes.
    • Clock The striking of a clock.
    • v. t. & i Clock To call, as a hen. See Cluck.
    • v. t Clock klŏk To ornament with figured work, as the side of a stocking.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The fastest flying butterfly is the Monarch, which has been clocked with a speed as high as 17 miles per hour
    • clock To cluck, as a hen.
    • clock To call by clucking.
    • n clock A machine designed to measure and indicate time by the motion of its parts. Clock was the generic name for all such machines; but instruments of this kind designed to be carried on the person are now called watches, and those of special accuracy, used at sea, chronometers. A clock usually consists of a frame or case containing a train of wheels moved by weights or springs and regulated by a pendulum or balance-wheel, carrying hands or pointers round the face or dial-plate for marking the hours and minutes. The dial-plate may have minor dials, as for marking seconds, or be divided into several dials, as for showing the time at different places. Clocks are also most commonly made to give notice of the hour, and sometimes of lesser divisions of time, by the stroke of a hammer on a bell or other sonorous object. See horology.
    • n clock A stroke of the clock; the sounding of the hour by a clock.
    • n clock A watch; specifically, a watch that strikes the hour.
    • n clock A clock operated by a weight in the usual way, and regulated and controlled by an electric current from another clock, an electric escapement being employed in some cases as the direct means of controlling its motion.
    • clock In bell-ringing, to sound (a bell) by pulling the clapper without moving the bell itself. See clappering.
    • n clock In the sixteenth century, a decoration applied to hoods.
    • n clock In the reign of Charles II. of England, a gore, plait, or piece inserted to produce the required shape of a garment.
    • n clock A figured ornament on the side of the ankle of a stocking, either woven in the fabric or embroidered upon it.
    • n clock A popular name of a beetle. Also clock-beetle.
    • clock To limp; hobble.
    • clock To time, as contestants in a race.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fastest running bird is the Ostrich, which has been clocked at 97.5 kilometres per hour
    • n Clock klok a machine for measuring time, marking the time by the position of its 'hands' upon the dial-plate, or by the striking of a hammer on a bell:
    • adj Clock automatic
    • n Clock klok an ornament worked on the side of a stocking
    • n Clock klok a beetle—common name in Scotland.
    • v.i Clock klok (Scot.) to cluck: to hatch
    • n Clock klok (Shak.) the striking of the hour
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  • Peter M. Leschak
    Peter M. Leschak
    “All of us are watchers -- of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway -- but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock should find the time in my face.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “The mind of man is like a clock that is always running down, and requires to be constantly wound up.”
  • William Blake
    “The hours of folly are measured by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure.”
  • Ben Jonson
    “O, for an engine, to keep back all clocks, or make the sun forget his motion!”
  • Samuel Levenson
    Samuel Levenson
    “Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.”


Against the clock - If you do something against the clock, you are rushed and have very little time to do it.
Around the clock - If something is open around the clock, it is open 24 hours a day. For example, an airport is open around the clock.
Clean your clock - If you clean your clock, you beat someone decisively in a contest or fight.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day - This is used when people get lucky and are undeservedly successful.('Even a stopped clock is right twice a day' is also used.)
Five o'clock shadow - A five o'clock shadow is the facial hair that a man gets if he doesn't shave for a day or two.
Stop a clock - A face that could (or would) stop a clock is very ugly indeed.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. Cloak
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. clokke, prob. through O. Fr. from Low L. cloca, clocca, a bell; mod. Fr. cloche, Dut. klok; Ger. glocke, a bell.


In literature:

One o'clock, two o'clock, half-past two o'clock, every night.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
The diligence went so slowly that by ten o'clock in the morning they had not made four leagues.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
Being now alone for a moment on the scene of crime, I crossed over to the mantel-shelf, and lifted the clock that lay there.
"That Affair Next Door" by Anna Katharine Green
It was exactly eight o'clock.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
At four o'clock we had passed over the whole of the Camden and Amboy road.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Two o'clock, three o'clock, four o'clock came and passed.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
At two o'clock it was growing light again, and still the young man pleaded with the girl on the deck.
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
We started at two o'clock, and occupied an hour in passing the city limits.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
It was from Bivens asking him to call his office telephone at eleven o'clock.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
We went on board a little steamer, called the Laurel Hill at about eight o'clock in the evening.
"The Twenty-fifth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion" by George P. Bissell
Mr. POLLOCK obtained the floor, and at twelve o'clock the Conference adjourned to ten o'clock to-morrow.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
At 4 o'clock many took an afternoon nap.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
This was Jonaique Jelly, barber, clock-mender, and Manx patriot.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
It was 10 o'clock on the morning after the ball, when Colonel Saunders came into the breakfast room with an open letter in his hand.
"Daisy Ashford: Her Book" by Daisy Ashford
I'm always famished by one o'clock.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
It was at its happiest at ten o'clock, when Jane sat down to write a letter to Tanqueray.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
There was a tall antique clock in the corner of the hall.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
At 12 o'clock they called on the Rev.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
The five o'clock whistle had sounded, and Peterson sat on the bench inside the office door, while Bannon washed his hands in the tin basin.
"Calumet 'K'" by Samuel Merwin
About four o'clock, or half after, when the invariable siesta was over, the main street began to fill with idlers.
"Gold" by Stewart White

In poetry:

If you pluck out the heart
To find what makes it move,
You'll halt the clock
That syncopates our love.
"Admonition" by Sylvia Plath
Dickery, dickery dock,
The mouse ran up the clock;
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down,
Dickery, dickery dock.
"Dickery Dickery Dock" by Anonymous British
O blessed drums of Aldershot!
O blessed South-west train!
O blessed, blessed Speaker's clock,
All prophesying rain!
"The South Wind: A Fisherman's Blessing" by Charles Kingsley
"Warden, wind the clock again!
Mighty years are going on
Through the shadows, joy and pain,
And the happy hearted dawn."
"The Mystic Clock: A New Year's Poem" by Alice Coale Simpers
For he of all men loves thee best:
He haunts the heavenly clock;
Ah, he has long been up and drest
To open to thy knock!
"To G. M. T." by George MacDonald
"Dear Mrs. Lemon tell me when
Belinda goes to school;
And what time does she go to bed?"
"Well, eight o'clock's the rule.
"Mammas and Babies" by Kate Greenaway

In news:

Election's over: Cue 'fiscal cliff' clock.
Conditions at Augusta, Bush Field, GA. News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, Jan 1, 2012.
5 o' clock shadowboxers high noon the slow twilight.
Doomsday Clock, Chickenhawks, Chessmaster .
Conditions at Augusta, Bush Field, GA. News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, July 10, 2012.
The 193-year-old English watch company is famous for engineering and maintaining the clock on Big Ben, but it just released its first collection of wristwatches in more than 40 years.
Not for the slender wristed, this robust 46mm titanium watch features a scratch-resistant tungsten unidirectional timing bezel and a helium valve at the nine o'clock position.
Part clock, part Web portal, Chumby could be a Wi-Fi 'Trojan horse.'.
Try this chicken salad sandwich recipe from Aviva Goldfarb of The Six O'Clock Scramble.
It's time for a new clock-minder to watch Roxbury church tower .
It happened at about 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
Clock is ticking on smokers.
Yale University researchers have identified a key genetic gear that keeps the circadian clock of plants ticking, a finding that could have broad implications for global agriculture.
Turn back the clock to Nov 29: The Blue Star Mothers' local chapter and VFW Post 6008 needed about $4,000 to mail off care packages, cards and notes that we had collected for our troops abroad.
Punching the clock in the new economy.

In science:

This clock measures the proper time along the path by “ticking” ∆N/γ times during a proper time interval ∆z (γ is the constant rate at which the clock oscillates).
Null Geodesics in Five Dimensional Manifolds
This may not be convenient if the master clock on which a time distribution is based is a clock which is at rest with respect to S0 .
Eppur, si muove !
The truth of the assertion that a specific system, called a clock, measures time depends on the theory and experiments needed to describe the clock components and their proper functioning.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
The proper functioning of a clock depends on the proper functioning of each component of a clock.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
Care should be taken on selection of clock pulse (R & C), since the end of conversion signals generation is sensitive to the clock pulse (the value of R and C selected was 680KΩ and 150pF respectively, giving T = 115µs).
Simple 8085 microprocessor compatible I/O card
If clock B is set accordingly to the procedure above then repeating the same experiment the equation tB = tA + AB/c holds for whatever value of tA without the need of setting again clock B (i.e. it is meaningful to say that clock B is synchronized with clock A).
Simultaneity in special and general relativity
If clocks A and B are synchronized and clocks B and C are synchronized then clocks A and C are synchronized.
Simultaneity in special and general relativity
If the clock at B synchronizes with the clock at A, the clock at A synchronizes with the clock at B.
Simultaneity in special and general relativity
Place two clocks at A that we denote with clock A and clock A′ .
Simultaneity in special and general relativity
A, that is the measures of clock A coincide with those of clock A′ and therefore clock A is synchronized with clock C .
Simultaneity in special and general relativity
Once data reach the surface, the local time units as defined by the local clock reference are transformed to master clock units, and are ultimately linked to GPS (see Sec. 3).
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
FIG. 3: Serial autocorrelation coeficient a for non-restartable clock method (dead time = 0). T is the clock period, τ is the mean time interval between random pulses.
Quantum random number generator
Indeed, simulations show that a sequence of bits will have a non-negative autocorrelation (Fig. 3) which vanishes in the limits of a very fast clock or a very slow clock.
Quantum random number generator
In other words, in the limit, one bit is generated with every clock count and if the clock count occurs during an even random interval then ”0” is produced, whereas if the clock count occurs during an odd random interval then ”1” is produced.
Quantum random number generator
FIG. 4: Bit efficiency, defined as the number of bits generated per random event, for non-restartable clock method as a function of T /τ where T is the clock period and τ is the mean time interval between random pulses.
Quantum random number generator