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clock

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[ klok ]
/ klɒk /
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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.
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Origin of clock

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English clok(ke), from Middle Dutch clocke “bell, clock,” or Old French cloke, cloque, from Medieval Latin clocca, perhaps of Celtic origin (compare Old Irish clocc “bell,” Old Cornish cloch ); ultimately of imitative origin; cf. cloak

Other definitions for clock (2 of 2)

clock2
[ klok ]
/ klɒk /

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

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First recorded in 1510–20; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for clock (1 of 2)

clock1
/ (klɒk) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of clock

clocker, nounclocklike, adjective

Word Origin for clock

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

British Dictionary definitions for clock (2 of 2)

clock2
/ (klɒk) /

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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