- 1A mechanical or electrical device for measuring time, indicating hours, minutes, and sometimes seconds, typically by hands on a round dial or by displayed figures.More 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: they play against the clock her life is ruled by 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 resembling a clock for recording things other than time, such as a speedometer, taximeter, or odometer.More 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 see time clock.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.
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- 1Attain or register (a specified time, distance, or speed): Thomas has clocked up forty years service [no object]: the book clocks in at 989 pagesMore 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 of 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.
- 2 • informal 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.
around (or round) the clock
- All day and all night: working around the clockMore 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.
run out the clock
- Sports Deliberately use as much time as possible in order to preserve one’s own team’s advantage: facing a tie, he decided to run out the clock in the final momentsMore example sentences
- Holmgren, wanting the ball back, thought the Broncos had a first down and was afraid they'd run out the clock before scoring.
- With a comfortable lead, the team was content to run out the clock and seal the win.
- We thanked our lucky stars, ran out the clock, and got ready to face the mighty Colts in that game everyone seems to remember.
stop the clock
- Allow extra time by temporarily ceasing to count the time left before a deadline arrives: he agreed to stop the clock as negotiations continuedMore example sentences
- Many leagues use a running clock or stop the clock only in the last minute.
- The UK Takeover Panel could also stop the clock and rule foul play by temporarily stopping Ojjeh from voting her shares.
- Today, much of Europe wants to stop the clock on food progress.
turn (or put) back the clock
- Return to the past or to a previous way of doing things.More 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.
watch the clock
- (Of an employee) be overly strict or zealous about not working more than one’s required hours.More example sentences
- Show up on time, don't watch the clock, keep busy.
- They never watched the clock, never dreaded Mondays, never worried about the years passing by.
- One sign that I love my job is that I never watch the clock.
clock in (or out)
- (Of an employee) punch in (or out).More example sentences
- The designated boxes are commonly found wherever employees clock in, she said.
- Biometric readers can also help prevent employee ghosting, where one employee clocks in an absent or late coworker by swiping his or her card.
- Makeup must be worn at all times when working; employees should clock in only after changing and putting on makeup.
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.