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horology

Syllabification: ho·rol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /həˈräləjē
 
/

Definition of horology in English:

noun

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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

horologer

1
noun
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.

horologic

2
Pronunciation: /ˌhôrəˈläjik/
adjective
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.

horological

3
Pronunciation: /ˌhôrəˈläjikəl/
adjective
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.

horologist

4
noun
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.

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