noun Date: 1599 an instrument to show the time of day by the shadow of a gnomon on a usually horizontal plate or on a cylindrical surface

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  • Sundial — Sun di al, n. An instrument to show the time of day by means of the shadow of a gnomon, or style, on a plate. [1913 Webster] {Sundial shell} (Zo[ o]l.), any shell of the genus Solarium. See {Solarium}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sundial — 1590s, from SUN (Cf. sun) + DIAL (Cf. dial) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sundial — ► NOUN ▪ an instrument showing the time by the shadow cast by a pointer …   English terms dictionary

  • sundial — [sun′dī΄əl] n. an instrument that indicates time by the position of a gnomon s shadow cast by the sun on the face of a dial marked in hours …   English World dictionary

  • Sundial — A sundial is a device that measures time by the position of the Sun. In common designs such as the horizontal sundial, the sun casts a shadow from its style (a thin rod or a sharp, straight edge) onto a flat surface marked with lines indicating… …   Wikipedia

  • sundial — /sun duy euhl, duyl /, n. an instrument that indicates the time of day by means of the position, on a graduated plate or surface, of the shadow of the gnomon as it is cast by the sun. [1570 80; SUN + DIAL] * * * ▪ timekeeping device  the earliest …   Universalium

  • SUNDIAL — Although sundials can be traced back to earlier periods in Egypt and Mesopotamia, the earliest textual reference to a sundial appears to be II Kings 20:8–11 (cf. Isa. 38:7–8). There a shadow tracking device, ascribed to Ahaz, is used for a sign… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • sundial — UK [ˈsʌnˌdaɪəl] / US noun [countable] Word forms sundial : singular sundial plural sundials an object that measures time by the position of a shadow made in sunny weather, consisting of a pointed metal piece on top of a flat piece of stone …   English dictionary

  • sundial — [[t]sʌ̱ndaɪəl[/t]] sundials N COUNT A sundial is a device used for telling the time when the sun is shining. The shadow of an upright rod falls onto a flat surface that is marked with the hours, and points to the correct hour …   English dictionary

  • sundial — saulės laikrodis statusas T sritis Standartizacija ir metrologija apibrėžtis Tikrojo saulinio laiko matuoklis. Jį sudaro plokštuma su ciferblatu ir strypas arba plokštelė, kurių šešėlis krinta ant ciferblato. atitikmenys: angl. sundial vok.… …   Penkiakalbis aiškinamasis metrologijos terminų žodynas

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