Clock, v. t. & i. To call, as
a hen. See Cluck. [R.]
Clock (?), n. [AS. clucge
bell; akin to D. klok clock, bell, G. glocke, Dan.
klokke, Sw. klocka, Icel. klukka bell, LL.
clocca, cloca (whence F. cloche); al perh.
of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. & Gael. clog bell, clock, W.
cloch bell. Cf. Cloak.] 1. A
machine for measuring time, indicating the hour and other
divisions by means of hands moving on a dial plate. Its works are
moved by a weight or a spring, and it is often so constructed as
to tell the hour by the stroke of a hammer on a bell. It is not
adapted, like the watch, to be carried on the person.
2. A watch, esp. one that strikes.
3. The striking of a clock. [Obs.]
4. A figure or figured work on the ankle
or side of a stocking. Swift.
☞ The phrases what o'clock? it is nine
o'clock, etc., are contracted from what of the clock?
it is nine of the clock, etc.
Alarm clock. See under
Alarm. -- Astronomical clock.
(a) A clock of superior construction, with a
compensating pendulum, etc., to measure time with great accuracy,
for use in astronomical observatories; -- called a
regulator when used by watchmakers as a standard for
regulating timepieces. (b) A clock with
mechanism for indicating certain astronomical phenomena, as the
phases of the moon, position of the sun in the ecliptic, equation
of time, etc. -- Electric clock.
(a) A clock moved or regulated by electricity
or electro-magnetism. (b) A clock
connected with an electro-magnetic recording apparatus. --
Ship's clock (Naut.), a clock
arranged to strike from one to eight strokes, at half hourly
intervals, marking the divisions of the ship's watches. --
Sidereal clock, an astronomical clock
regulated to keep sidereal time.
Clock, n. (Zoöl.)
A large beetle, esp. the European dung beetle
Clock (klŏk), v. t. To
ornament with figured work, as the side of a stocking.