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hour hand

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  1. the hand that indicates the hours on a clock or watch.

Origin of hour hand

First recorded in 1660–70
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Examples from the Web for hour hand

Historical Examples

  • The hour-hand of his watch crept to ten, to eleven, to twelve.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • They are easier to watch than the "Guardians of the Pole," and are more like an hour-hand.

  • I am sure that they belong to the hour-hand, and I groan under my task.

  • Similarly, the hour-hand of a watch is to appearance motionless.

    Rivers of Ice

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “So might you say of the hour-hand of a watch,” observed Lawrence.

    Rivers of Ice

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for hour hand

hour hand

  1. the pointer on a timepiece that indicates the hourCompare minute hand, second hand
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