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. 2006