Meaning of CLOCK in English

CLOCK

~ 1

■ noun

1》 an instrument that measures and indicates the time by means of a dial or a digital display.

↘ informal a measuring device resembling a ~, such as a speedometer.

2》 (also dandelion ~ ) Brit. the downy spherical seed head of a dandelion. [from the child's game of blowing away the seeds to find out what time it is.]

3》 Brit. informal a person's face.

■ verb

1》 attain or register (a specified time, distance, or speed).

↘achieve (a victory): he ~ed up his first win of the year.

2》 ( ~ in/out or Brit. on/off ) register one's arrival at or departure from work by means of an automatic recording ~.

3》 Brit. informal notice or watch.

4》 informal, chiefly Brit. hit on the head.

5》 Brit. informal illegally wind back the milometer of (a car).

Phrases

round (or around ) the ~ all day and all night.

turn (or put ) back the ~ return to the past or to a previous way of doing things.

Derivatives

~er noun

Origin

ME: from Mid. Low Ger. and MDu. klocke , based on med. L. clocca 'bell'.

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~ 2

■ noun an ornamental pattern woven or embroidered on the side of a stocking or sock near the ankle.

Origin

C16: of unknown origin.

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