grandfather clock
noun Etymology: from the song My Grandfather's Clock (1876) by Henry C. Work died 1884 American songwriter Date: 1909 a tall pendulum clock that stands on the floor — called also grandfather, grandfather's clock

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • grandfather clock — ☆ grandfather clock or grandfather s clock n. a large clock with a pendulum, contained in a tall, narrow case * * * ▪ clock also called  longcase clock        tall pendulum clock enclosed in a wooden case that stands upon the floor and is… …   Universalium

  • grandfather clock — ☆ grandfather clock or grandfather s clock n. a large clock with a pendulum, contained in a tall, narrow case …   English World dictionary

  • grandfather clock — grandfather clocks N COUNT A grandfather clock is an old fashioned type of clock in a tall wooden case which stands upright on the floor …   English dictionary

  • grandfather clock — grandfather .clock n an old fashioned tall clock which stands on the floor …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • grandfather clock — noun count an old fashioned clock in a tall wooden box placed on the floor …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • grandfather clock — ► NOUN ▪ a clock in a tall free standing wooden case, driven by weights …   English terms dictionary

  • grandfather clock — noun a pendulum clock enclosed in a tall narrow case • Syn: ↑longcase clock • Hypernyms: ↑pendulum clock • Part Meronyms: ↑shell, ↑case, ↑casing * * * noun, pl ⋯ clocks [count] …   Useful english dictionary

  • grandfather clock — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms grandfather clock : singular grandfather clock plural grandfather clocks an old fashioned clock in a tall wooden box placed on the floor …   English dictionary

  • grandfather clock — /ˈgrænfaðə klɒk/ (say granfahdhuh klok) noun a clock with a pendulum, in a tall wooden case. {suggested by the song title Grandfather s Clock (1876) by American songwriter Henry Clay Work} …   Australian English dictionary

  • grandfather clock — grand′father (or grand′father s) clock n. hor fur a pendulum floor clock having a case as tall as or taller than a person; tall case clock …   From formal English to slang

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