clock

1
[klok]

noun

verb (used with object)

to time, test, or determine by means of a clock or watch: The racehorse was clocked at two minutes thirty seconds.
Slang. to strike sharply or heavily: Somebody clocked him on the face.

Verb Phrases

clock in, to begin work, especially by punching a time clock: She clocked in at 9 on the dot.
clock out, to end work, especially by punching a time clock: He clocked out early yesterday.

Nearby words

  1. cloam,
  2. clobber,
  3. clobbering machine,
  4. clochard,
  5. cloche,
  6. clock golf,
  7. clock in,
  8. clock is ticking, the,
  9. clock jack,
  10. clock off

Idioms

Origin of clock

1
1350–1400; Middle English clok(ke) < Middle Dutch clocke bell, clock; akin to Old English clucge, Old High German glocka (German Glocke), Old Irish clocc bell; cf. cloak

clock

2
[klok]

noun

a short embroidered or woven ornament on each side or on the outer side of a sock or stocking, extending from the ankle upward.

verb (used with object)

to embroider with such an ornament.

Origin of clock

2
First recorded in 1520–30; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for clock

clock

1

noun

a timepiece, usually free-standing, hanging, or built into a tower, having mechanically or electrically driven pointers that move constantly over a dial showing the numbers of the hoursCompare digital clock, watch (def. 7)
any clocklike device for recording or measuring, such as a taximeter or pressure gauge
the downy head of a dandelion that has gone to seed
an electrical circuit that generates pulses at a predetermined rate
computing an electronic pulse generator that transmits streams of regular pulses to which various parts of the computer and its operations are synchronized
short for time clock
around the clock or round the clock all day and all night
the clock an informal word for speedometer, mileometer
British a slang word for face
against the clock
  1. under pressure, as to meet a deadline
  2. (in certain sports, such as show jumping) timed by a stop clockthe last round will be against the clock
put the clock back to regress

verb

(tr) British, Australian and NZ slang to strike, esp on the face or head
(tr) British slang to see or notice
(tr) to record time as with a stopwatch, esp in the calculation of speed
electronics to feed a clock pulse to (a digital device) in order to cause it to switch to a new state

Derived Formsclocker, nounclocklike, adjective

Word Origin for clock

C14: from Middle Dutch clocke clock, from Medieval Latin clocca bell, ultimately of Celtic origin

noun

an ornamental design either woven in or embroidered on the side of a stocking

Word Origin for clock

C16: from Middle Dutch clocke, from Medieval Latin clocca bell

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Word Origin and History for clock
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Idioms and Phrases with clock

clock

In addition to the idioms beginning with clock

  • clock in
  • clock is ticking, the
  • clock up

also see:

  • against the clock
  • beat the clock
  • clean someone's clock
  • like clock-work
  • set back (the clock)
  • stop someone's clock
  • stop the clock
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