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clock



Pronunciation: (klok), [key]
n.
1. an instrument for measuring and recording time, esp. by mechanical means, usually with hands or changing numbers to indicate the hour and minute: not designed to be worn or carried about.
2. See time clock.
3. a meter or other device, as a speedometer or taximeter, for measuring and recording speed, distance covered, or other quantitative functioning.
4. See biological clock.
5. (cap.) Astron.the constellation Horologium.
6. Computers.the circuit in a digital computer that provides a common reference train of electronic pulses for all other circuits.
7. around the clock,
a. during all 24 hours; ceaselessly.
b. without stopping for rest; tirelessly: working around the clock to stem the epidemic.
8. kill the clock, Sports.to use up as much game time as possible when one is winning, as to protect a lead in basketball, ice hockey, or football. Also,run out the clock.
9. stop the clock, to postpone an official or legal deadline by ceasing to count the hours that elapse, as when a new union contract must be agreed upon before an old contract runs out.

v.t.
to time, test, or determine by means of a clock or watch: The racehorse was clocked at two minutes thirty seconds.

v.i.
1. clock in, to begin work, esp. by punching a time clock: She clocked in at 9 on the dot.
2. clock out, to end work, esp. by punching a time clock: He clocked out early yesterday.

clock



Pronunciation: (klok), [key]
n.
a short embroidered or woven ornament on each side or on the outer side of a sock or stocking, extending from the ankle upward.

v.t.
to embroider with such an ornament.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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