Meaning of CLOCK in English


(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

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


A ~ 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 ~ ticking...

He also repairs ~s and watches...

...a digital ~.



A time ~ 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 ~s morning, noon and night.

N-COUNT: oft n N


In a car, the ~ 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 ~...

N-COUNT: usu sing, the N


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

Elliott ~ed the fastest time this year for the 800 metres...



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

He has been ~ed at 11 seconds for 100 metres...

VERB: usu passive, be V-ed at amount


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


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

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

It’s now become a race against the ~.

PHRASE: PHR after v, n PHR


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

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

PHRASE: PHR with v, PHR n


If you want to turn the ~ back or put the ~ 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 ~ back...

We cannot put back the ~.

PHRASE: V inflects

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