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  1. an apparatus for measuring and recording the progress of time; chronometer.
  2. a clock or a watch.

Origin of timepiece

First recorded in 1755–65; time + piece
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Examples from the Web for timepiece

Historical Examples

  • As a timepiece, this dial will be found roughly correct for that latitude.

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  • It is optional with the judges whether the use of a timepiece is to be allowed.

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  • I had no timepiece, so when I saw a glow in the east, I got up, ate my breakfast and started.

  • He felt an inclination to smash her head with the timepiece.

  • Frederick noticed a timepiece, a parrot-stick, and some engravings.

British Dictionary definitions for timepiece


  1. any of various devices, such as a clock, watch, or chronometer, which measure and indicate time
  2. a device which indicates the time but does not strike or otherwise audibly mark the hours
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