Meaning of clock

clock

Pronunciation: (klok), [key]
— 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.
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  3. a meter or other device, as a speedometer or taximeter, for measuring and recording speed, distance covered, or other quantitative functioning.
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  5. (cap.)the constellation Horologium.
  6. the circuit in a digital computer that provides a common reference train of electronic pulses for all other circuits.
  7. working around the clock to stem the epidemic.
    1. during all 24 hours; ceaselessly.
    2. without stopping for rest; tirelessly:working around the clock to stem the epidemic.
  8. to use up as much game time as possible when one is winning, as to protect a lead in basketball, ice hockey, or football.
  9. 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.
—v.t.
  1. to time, test, or determine by means of a clock or watch: The racehorse was clocked at two minutes thirty seconds.
—v.i.
  1. to begin work, esp. by punching a time clock: She clocked in at 9 on the dot.
  2. to end work, esp. by punching a time clock: He clocked out early yesterday.

clock

Pronunciation: (klok), [key]
— 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.
—v.t.
  1. to embroider with such an ornament.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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