hour hand
noun Date: 1669 the short hand that marks the hours on the face of a watch or clock

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Hour hand — Hour Hour, n. [OE. hour, our, hore, ure, OF. hore, ore, ure, F. heure, L. hora, fr. Gr. ?, orig., a definite space of time, fixed by natural laws; hence, a season, the time of the day, an hour. See {Year}, and cf. {Horologe}, {Horoscope}.] 1. The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hour hand — hour ,hand noun count the thing that points to the hour on a clock or watch. The thing that points to the minute is called the minute hand, and the thing that points to the seconds is called the second hand …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hour hand — hour .hand n the shorter of the two pieces on a clock or watch that show you the time →↑minute hand …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hour hand — hour′ hand n. hor the hand that indicates the hours on a clock or watch • Etymology: 1660–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • hour hand — n. the short hand of a clock or watch, which indicates the hours and moves around the dial once every twelve hours …   English World dictionary

  • hour hand — noun the shorter hand of a clock that points to the hours • Syn: ↑little hand • Hypernyms: ↑hand * * * noun : the index showing the hour on a timepiece * * * the hand that indicates the hours on a clock or watch. [1660 70] * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • hour hand — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms hour hand : singular hour hand plural hour hands the thing that points to the hour on a clock or watch. The thing that points to the minute is called the minute hand, and the thing that points to the seconds is …   English dictionary

  • hour hand — noun The hand of a clock or watch face that revolves twice each day and indicates the hours. Syn: little hand …   Wiktionary

  • hour hand — /ˈaʊə hænd/ (say owuh hand) noun the hand that indicates the hours on a clock or watch …   Australian English dictionary

  • hour hand — the hand that indicates the hours on a clock or watch. [1660 70] * * * …   Universalium

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