Meaning of CLOCK in English


I. ˈkläk noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English clok, from Middle Dutch clocke bell, clock, from Old French or Medieval Latin; Old French dialect (Picard) cloque bell, from Medieval Latin clocca, of Celtic origin; akin to Middle Irish clocc bell

Date: 14th century

1. : a device other than a watch for indicating or measuring time commonly by means of hands moving on a dial ; broadly : any periodic system by which time is measured

2. : a registering device usually with a dial ; specifically : odometer

3. : time clock

4. : a synchronizing device (as in a computer) that produces pulses at regular intervals

5. : biological clock

- against the clock

- around the clock

- kill the clock

II. verb

Date: 1883

transitive verb


a. : to time with a stopwatch or by an electric timing device

b. : to be timed at

2. : to register on a mechanical recording device

wind velocities were clock ed at 80 miles per hour

3. : to hit hard

4. chiefly British : attain , realize — usually used with up

just clock ed up a million…paperback sales — Punch


a. : to travel (a distance) over time

clock s more than 15,000 miles a year on business

b. : put in 3

clock ing long hours at the office

intransitive verb

1. : to have a specified duration or speed — used with in

the movie clock ed in at just under 3 hours

broadly : to have a specified measure or value — used with in

the meal clock ed at about $15

2. : to register on a time sheet or time clock : punch — used with in, out, on, off

he clock ed in late

• clock·er noun

III. noun

Etymology: perhaps from clock (I)

Date: 1530

: an ornamental figure on the ankle or side of a stocking or sock

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.