clock
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English clok, from Middle Dutch clocke bell, clock, from Old French or Medieval Latin; Old French dialect (Picard) cloque bell, from Medieval Latin clocca, of Celtic origin; akin to Middle Irish clocc bell Date: 14th century 1. a device other than a watch for indicating or measuring time commonly by means of hands moving on a dial; broadly any periodic system by which time is measured 2. a registering device usually with a dial; specifically odometer 3. time clock 4. a synchronizing device (as in a computer) that produces pulses at regular intervals 5. biological clock II. verb Date: 1883 transitive verb 1. a. to time with a stopwatch or by an electric timing device b. to be timed at 2. to register on a mechanical recording device <
wind velocities were clocked at 80 miles per hour
>
3. to hit hard 4. chiefly British attain, realize — usually used with up <
just clocked up a million…paperback sales — Punch
>
5. a. to travel (a distance) over time <
clocks more than 15,000 miles a year on business
>
b. put in 3 <
clocking long hours at the office
>
intransitive verb 1. to have a specified duration or speed — used with in <
the movie clocked in at just under 3 hours
>
; broadly to have a specified measure or value — used with in <
the meal clocked at about $15
>
2. to register on a time sheet or time clock ; punch — used with in, out, on, off <
he clocked in late
>
clocker noun III. noun Etymology: perhaps from 1clock Date: 1530 an ornamental figure on the ankle or side of a stocking or sock

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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