clock

\ \ [14] The clock appears to have been so named because it told the hours by the chiming of a ‘bell’, medieval Latin clocca. The Latin word, which emerged in the 7th century and may have been of Irish origin, probably reached English via Middle Dutch klocke. Besides being applied to time-pieces, it has also lent its name to two garments on account of their supposedly bell-like shape: cloak [13], which comes from the Old French dialect cloke or cloque, and cloche hat [20], from French clochebell’.
\ \ Cf.CLOAK, CLOCHE

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  • Clock — (kl[o^]k), n. [AS. clucge bell; akin to D. klok clock, bell, G. glocke, Dan. klokke, Sw. klocka, Icel. klukka bell, LL. clocca, cloca (whence F. cloche); al perh. of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. & Gael. clog bell, clock, W. cloch bell. Cf. {Cloak}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clock — (englisch: Uhr) steht für CLOCK, Circadian Locomotor Output Cycles Kaput, Gensequenz Clock (Lied), 1997 von Coal Chamber Clock (Band), The Clock, Comicfigur The Clock (OT, 1945) US Film, dt: Urlaub für die Liebe Clock (Restaurant), schwedische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • clock — [klɒk ǁ klɑːk] verb clock in also clock on BrE phrasal verb [intransitive] to record on a special card the time you arrive at work or begin work: • I clock on at 8:30. clock off also …   Financial and business terms

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  • clock — ► NOUN 1) an instrument that measures and indicates the time by means of a dial or a digital display. 2) informal a measuring device resembling a clock, such as a speedometer. ► VERB informal 1) attain or register (a specified time, distance, or… …   English terms dictionary

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  • clock — clock1 [kläk] n. [ME clokke, orig., clock with bells < ML clocca, bell < Celt, as in OIr cloc (> OE clugge, OHG glocka), bell < ? IE base * kel , to cry out, sound > CLAMOR] 1. a device used for measuring and indicating time,… …   English World dictionary

  • clock in at — ˌclock ˈin at [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they clock in at he/she/it clocks in at present participle clocking in at past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • clock in/on — [phrasal verb] chiefly Brit : to record on a special card the time that you start working What time did you clock on? I clocked in [=(US) punched in] 10 minutes late. • • • Main Entry: ↑clock …   Useful english dictionary

  • Clock — (kl[o^]k), v. t. To ornament with figured work, as the side of a stocking. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clock — Clock, v. t. & i. To call, as a hen. See {Cluck}. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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