- 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
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.Pluck on the Long Trail</p>
Edwin L. Sabin
I am sure that they belong to the hour-hand, and I groan under my task.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
Similarly, the hour-hand of a watch is to appearance motionless.
“So might you say of the hour-hand of a watch,” observed Lawrence.
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