Definition of horology in English:

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Pronunciation: /həˈräləjē/


1The study and measurement of time.
Example sentences
  • And while his father encouraged him to pursue higher studies in horology after a basic degree in engineering, he found a different calling for himself.
  • His network of contacts and friends in England reads like a who's who of experts on early tools, horology, and technology.
  • I've got my eye on horology and small mechanisms.
1.1The art of making clocks and watches.
Example sentences
  • But when he lost his job through illness he knew it was time for a change - and he enrolled on a clockmaking - horology - course at City College, Manchester.
  • These two shows and their accompanying catalogues have spawned a new level of study based on a combination of comparative and documentary research never before seen in horology.
  • Underneath the ‘ordinary ’dial is another which has a rather diabolical look, but which is simply a piece of horology that shows those star signs that tell your horoscope.



Pronunciation: /-jər/
Example sentences
  • Seiko is one of the most prolific of these horologers with a huge scope of different theoretical accounts available.
  • Towards 1760, simultaneously in France and in England, two horologers succeeded in creating the first detached escapements.
  • Every large town will have quite a few horologers and jewelers with a vast selection of fancy watches displayed their windows, with huge price tags to go with them.


Pronunciation: /ˌhôrəˈläjik/
Example sentences
  • We have been engaged in the horologic trade since 1992 and selling clocks on the internet since 1998.
  • At $15,800, this horologic masterpiece will cost you more than a lot of cars, but it's got the perfect design for the occasion.
  • The founder of the company developed watches to reflect his family horologic tradition and introduced new innovative ideas.


Pronunciation: /ˌhôrəˈläjikəl/
Example sentences
  • Mr Clay said: ‘Since taking on this rather interesting and unusual project last year I've been amazed at the interest shown by the horological world.’
  • The collection, which also includes barometers and valuable horological textbooks, goes under the hammer on December 7 at Christie's King Street auction house in London.
  • For those not familiar with John Wyke's horological tool catalogue of 1759-60 and Peter Stubs's catalogues of 1801, 1851 and 1890, a little history will help.


Pronunciation: /-jist/
Example sentences
  • Having spent three years training as an horologist in Dublin, Derek worked in Northern Ireland for a number of years as well as in Australia before returning to Ireland to set up his own business.
  • The same doctor has to be a combination of priest, demiurge, counsellor, pharmacologist, horologist, talkshow host and healer.
  • The clock's movement was passed to Country Clocks, a local horologist, for a complete overhaul.


Early 19th century: from Greek hōra 'time' + -logy.

  • year from Old English:

    This shares an ancient root with Greek höra ‘season, time’, source of horology (Late Middle English), horoscope (Old English), and hour. The term leap year, used from the 14th century, probably comes from the fact that in a leap year feast days after February fall two days of the week later than in the previous year, rather than the usual one day, and could be said to have ‘leaped’ a day.

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Syllabification: ho·rol·o·gy

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