Meaning of CLOCK in English


clock 1

/klok/ , n.

1. an instrument for measuring and recording time, esp. by mechanical means, usually with hands or changing numbers to indicate the hour and minute: not designed to be worn or carried about.

2. See time clock .

3. a meter or other device, as a speedometer or taximeter, for measuring and recording speed, distance covered, or other quantitative functioning.

4. See biological clock .

5. ( cap. ) Astron. the constellation Horologium.

6. Computers. the circuit in a digital computer that provides a common reference train of electronic pulses for all other circuits.

7. around the clock ,

a. during all 24 hours; ceaselessly.

b. without stopping for rest; tirelessly: working around the clock to stem the epidemic.

8. clean (someone's) clock , to defeat; vanquish.

9. kill the clock , Sports. to use up as much game time as possible when one is winning, as to protect a lead in basketball, ice hockey, or football. Also, run out the clock .

10. stop the clock , to postpone an official or legal deadline by ceasing to count the hours that elapse, as when a new union contract must be agreed upon before an old contract runs out.


11. to time, test, or determine by means of a clock or watch: The racehorse was clocked at two minutes thirty seconds.

12. Slang. to strike sharply or heavily: Somebody clocked him on the face.


13. clock in , to begin work, esp. by punching a time clock: She clocked in at 9 on the dot.

14. clock out , to end work, esp. by punching a time clock: He clocked out early yesterday.

[ 1350-1400; ME clok ( ke ) clocke bell, clock; akin to OE clucge, OHG glocka (G Glocke ), OIr clocc bell; cf. CLOAK ]

clock 2

/klok/ , n.

1. a short embroidered or woven ornament on each side or on the outer side of a sock or stocking, extending from the ankle upward.


2. to embroider with such an ornament.

[ 1520-30; orig. uncert. ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .