- 1A mechanical or electrical device for measuring time, indicating hours, minutes, and sometimes seconds by hands on a round dial or by displayed figures: the church clock struck four [as modifier]: a clock faceMore example sentences
- He watched the ticking on his bedside clock until the minute hand felt more like the hour hand.
- I rolled over and looked at the digital alarm clock on my bedside table.
- I glanced at the digital alarm clock by my bed.
- 1.1 (the clock) Time taken as a factor in an activity, especially in competitive sports: this stage is played against the clockMore example sentences
- Each competitor has to complete the activity against the clock, with the one who completes the circuit in the fastest time the winner.
- In a time trial racers go one at a time competing only against the clock going out alone with no teammates to help.
- Champagne corks were popping when a three-week project against the clock was completed in time at a community centre in Ulverston.
- 1.2 • informal A measuring device such as a speedometer, taximeter, or milometer: a car with over 82,000 miles on the clockMore example sentences
- I have a great 1995 Mercedes with just 115,000 on the clock.
- Firstly, most comparable cars seen in Namibia had over 180 000 km on the clock.
- I knew that I wanted a smallish 2004 automatic model with as few as possible kilometres on the clock.
- 1.3 Computing An electronic device used to initiate and synchronize internal operations.More example sentences
- With files shared among a large number of workstations, it becomes imperative that machines have their clocks synchronized so that file time stamps are globally comparable.
- Finally, it is good practice to synchronize the clocks of all nodes using ntpd or something similar.
- They can be connected to the serial port of a PC and provide time signals synchronized on the NIST clock.
- 2British A downy spherical seed head, especially that of a dandelion.More example sentences
- Field edge paths have fancy dandelions, namely goats beard, broadcasting their large clocks of seeds.
- Arabidopsis has open rosette leaves during the day and directs its leaves upward at night and this leaf movement is controlled by the circadian clock.
- Nonetheless, the circadian clock of plants is currently being dissected and this evidence may be helpful for hypothesis formation.
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- 1Attain or register (a specified time, distance, or speed): Thomas has clocked up forty years service [no object]: this is a generous CD, clocking in at more than 60 minutesMore example sentences
- In a recent test, the prototype clocked a maximum speed of 193 mph, earning it the title of world's fastest EV limousine.
- Despite rain-slickened roads, they clocked an average speed of 53.71 kph - the third fastest ever.
- Having clocked a speed of just over 240 miles per hour, this car still holds the record as the fastest production car ever.
- 1.1Achieve (a victory): he clocked up his first win of the yearMore example sentences
- Meanwhile, Civil Service had their best result of the season when they clocked a ten-wicket victory over New Earswick.
- I clocked up 32 victories and 2 charged sigils in survival mode playing Tekken Tag Tournament yesterday.
- After clocking up seven consecutive victories at the start of the league season, they were beaten by Sheffield.
- 1.2Record as attaining a specified time or rate: the tower operators clocked a gust at 185 mphMore example sentences
- This means that the memory in E7205-based mainboards is clocked at the rate equal to the FSB frequency.
- Monitoring of the A590 has clocked cars, motorbikes and vans going more than 100 mph.
- The camera clocked the car at 51 mph and at 44 mph.
- 2British • informal Notice or watch: I noticed him clocking her in the mirrorMore example sentences
- They did so, with a video camera, and clocked him dropping off a kitchen unit at an address he had no business visiting.
- Greeks show they've clocked a pretty woman by stroking their fingers across their own chins.
- Like the time in Canada, when he clocked a gorgeous fan in the hotel.
- 3 • informal , chiefly British Hit (someone), especially on the head: someone clocked him for no good reasonMore example sentences
- He clocked me but by that time they had already smashed the front of the shop door.
- And I'm going to clock the next person I hear quote the old Chinese proverb ‘may we live in interesting times’.
- Only thing Doc could shoot out was his fist though, which he did, clocking the patient to the back of his head.
- 4British • informal Wind back the milometer of (a car) illegally in order to make the vehicle appear to have travelled fewer miles than it really has: beware of motorists who clock their car before selling it (as adjective clocked) they had sold clocked vehiclesMore example sentences
- A Bedford second hand car dealership is being investigated by Trading Standards for selling clocked cars.
- There may be hundreds of these vehicles that have been clocked and sold on.
- In the mid-1990s he was fined for clocking cars and, more recently, was convicted of a passport fraud.
round (or around) the clock
- All day and all night: I’ve got a team working around the clock [as adjective]: round-the-clock surveillanceMore example sentences
- Meanwhile Glasgow City Council has pledged that staff will continue to work around the clock to ease road and footpath problems.
- We fought around the clock and continued to support the Marines as they cleared houses.
- The second day, we could have legitimately reported flights were taking off round the clock day and night.
turn (or put) back the clock
- Return to the past or to a previous way of doing things: we can’t turn the clock back—what’s happened has happened no revolution can turn the clock back and abolish industryMore example sentences
- She wishes she could turn back the clock and return to the innocence of childhhood.
- Inspired by Strauss's hatred for liberal modernity, its goal is to turn back the clock on the liberal revolution and its achievements.
- They want basically to run out the clock on the ground and to turn back the clock on the Supreme Court.
clock in (or British on)
- Register one’s arrival at work by means of an automatic recording clock: staff should clock in on arrivalMore example sentences
- The New Year's first arrival to Colchester clocked in at 2.25 am.
- He was still staring at me when I walked in and clocked in on the register.
- The first were time card machines in the early 20th century, which automated factory workers clocking in and out.
clock out (or British off)
- Register one’s departure from work by means of an automatic recording clock: the night shift were clocking offMore example sentences
- Mr Stead said all four workmates clocked out from Tyco Plastics in Armytage Road, Brighouse at 7.53 pm on August 2 last year.
- Miners at troubled Hatfield Colliery near Doncaster have clocked out for the last time.
- I don't wake up in the morning, clock in at nine and clock out again at five.
late Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch klocke, based on medieval Latin clocca 'bell'.
- An ornamental pattern woven or embroidered on the side of a stocking or sock near the ankle.More example sentences
- I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them.
- She wears her original outfit of fleecy jacket with embroidered clock.
- The Spanish made socks from knitted silk and embroidered them with clock emblems.
mid 16th century: of unknown origin.