Meaning of CLOCK in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ klɒk ]

( clocks, clocking, clocked)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A clock is an instrument, for example in a room or on the outside of a building, that shows what time of day it is.

He was conscious of a clock ticking...

He also repairs clocks and watches...

...a digital clock.



A time clock in a factory or office is a device that is used to record the hours that people work. Each worker puts a special card into the device when they arrive and leave, and the times are recorded on the card.

Government workers were made to punch time clocks morning, noon and night.

N-COUNT : oft n N


In a car, the clock is the instrument that shows the speed of the car or the distance it has travelled. ( mainly BRIT )

The car had 160,000 miles on the clock...

N-COUNT : usu sing , the N


To clock a particular time or speed in a race means to reach that time or speed.

Elliott clocked the fastest time this year for the 800 metres...

VERB : V n


If something or someone is clocked at a particular time or speed, their time or speed is measured at that level.

He has been clocked at 11 seconds for 100 metres...

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed at amount


see also alarm clock , biological clock , body clock , cuckoo clock , grandfather clock , o’clock


If you are doing something against the clock , you are doing it in a great hurry, because there is very little time.

The emergency services were working against the clock as the tide began to rise...

It’s now become a race against the clock.

PHRASE : PHR after v , n PHR


If something is done round the clock or around the clock , it is done all day and all night without stopping.

Rescue services have been working round the clock to free stranded motorists...

PHRASE : PHR with v , PHR n


If you want to turn the clock back or put the clock back , you want to return to a situation that used to exist, usually because the present situation is unpleasant.

In some ways we wish we could turn the clock back...

We cannot put back the clock.

PHRASE : V inflects

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.