Definition of horology in English:

horology

Line breaks: hor¦ol|ogy
Pronunciation: /hɒˈrɒlədʒi
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The study and measurement of time.
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    • 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.
  • 2The art of making clocks and watches.
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    • 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.

Derivatives

horologer

noun
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  • 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.

horological

Pronunciation: /hɒrəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
adjective
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  • 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

noun
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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