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[tahym-pees] /ˈtaɪmˌpis/
an apparatus for measuring and recording the progress of time; chronometer.
a clock or a watch.
Origin of timepiece
First recorded in 1755-65; time + piece Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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.

  • They had no other timepiece, so they went by the candle, which always burned just so long.

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • Her mother only answered by pointing to the little French timepiece on the mantel.

    Minnie's Pet Parrot Madeline Leslie
  • The timepiece was an industrieuse horloge, which told the hours, days, and months.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • The problem was who could they find to construct this sort of timepiece?

  • The hands of the timepiece moved slowly on, and hope was departing.

    Peter Schlemihl Adelbert von Chamisso
British Dictionary definitions for timepiece


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