clepsydra
noun (plural -dras or clepsydrae) Etymology: Latin, from Greek klepsydra, from kleptein to steal + hydōr water — more at klept-, water Date: 1580 water clock

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  • Clepsydra — may refer to: Clepsydra (literally water thief ), the Greek word for water clock. Also, in ancient Greece, a device for drawing liquids from vats too large to pour, which utilized the principles of air pressure to transport the liquid from one… …   Wikipedia

  • Clepsydra — Clep sy*dra (?; 277), n. [L. from Gr. ?; ? to steal, conceal + ? water.] A water clock; a contrivance for measuring time by the graduated flow of a liquid, as of water, through a small aperture. See Illust. in {Appendix}. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clepsydra — Clepsydra, s. Klepsydra …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • clepsydra — [klep′si drə] n. pl. clepsydras or clepsydrae [klep′sidrē΄] [L < Gr klepsydra, water clock < kleptein, to steal (see KLEPTOMANIA) + hydōr,WATER] WATER CLOCK …   English World dictionary

  • CLEPSYDRA — I. CLEPSYDRA ab aquae furto dicta, hoc enim Graecis est κλέπτειν τὸ ὕδωρ (quod aquâ primitus hâc fini Veteres usi essent) quahtum ab Horologio hydraulico, cuius Ctesibius auctor fuit, teste Pliniô, l. 7. c. 37. differat, docet Vitruvius, l. 9. c …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Clepsydra — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Clepsydra est un groupe de rock progressif suisse. Clepsydra est un genre de Bacillariophyta. Voir aussi La Clepsydre est un ancien instrument de mesure… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • clepsydra — /klep si dreuh/, n., pl. clepsydras, clepsydrae / dree /. an ancient device for measuring time by the regulated flow of water or mercury through a small aperture. [1640 50; < L < Gk klepsýdra, equiv. to kleps (klep , s. of kléptein to steal,… …   Universalium

  • Clepsydra — Antike Klepshydra Klepshydra oder Klepsydra (griechisch κλεψύδρα „Wasserdieb“) bezeichnete eine im antiken Griechenland gebräuchliche Wasseruhr. Sie funktionierte wie eine heute noch gebräuchliche Sanduhr, nur konnte man sie nicht umdrehen. Aus… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • clepsydra — noun /ˈklɛpsɪdɹə/ A water clock, especially as used in the ancient world. They sat among the choiring clepsydras of the evening garden, time elapsing in a dozen ways, allowing their cigars to go out, keeping a companionable silence …   Wiktionary

  • clepsydra — n. water clock, ancient instrument that measured time by regulated flow of water or mercury …   English contemporary dictionary

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