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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
1755-65; time + piece Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The three of them glanced toward the table where the timepiece was wont to tick.

    The Eight-Oared Victors Lester Chadwick
  • He felt an inclination to smash her head with the timepiece.

  • “I know that,” replied the mate, glancing at his timepiece, as he went on deck.

  • Her mother only answered by pointing to the little French timepiece on the mantel.

    Minnie's Pet Parrot Madeline Leslie
  • No timepiece marked the hour, but it was about midnight, I ween, when death set the spirit of that youthful negro free.

  • The timepiece was an industrieuse horloge, which told the hours, days, and months.

    The Story of Paris Thomas Okey
  • Charles never carried a watch, and this timepiece, together with many other similar gifts, was put away among his treasures.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • The problem was who could they find to construct this sort of timepiece?

  • This is a most effectual way of treating a delicate Genevan timepiece.

    In the Wilderness Charles Dudley Warner
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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