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sundial

[ suhn-dahy-uhl, -dahyl ]

noun

  1. an instrument that indicates the time of day by means of the position, on a graduated plate or surface, of the shadow of the gnomon as it is cast by the sun.


sundial

/ ˈsʌnˌdaɪəl /

noun

  1. a device indicating the time during the hours of sunlight by means of a stationary arm (the gnomon ) that casts a shadow onto a plate or surface marked in hours


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Word History and Origins

Origin of sundial1

First recorded in 1570–80; sun + dial

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Example Sentences

For people with young children, beach tents provide consistent and reliable beach shade—you won’t have to keep moving your umbrella like a sundial throughout the day to keep everyone covered.

It’s amazing to use the stars spinning overhead during the winter as a sundial, where by the position of stars you know what time of day or night it is.

He has been accused of slow and ugly throwing mechanics (one sports writer said you could time his release with a sundial).

Our next quest was for a sundial plate, but it was a vain search, for not a store in town carried such an article.

The grape arbour along the west side of the sundial lawn was also built, of plain chestnut.

“This is no time for bad puns,” she answered, dragging me swiftly down through the orchard, and up again to the sundial.

Then it whitened the sundial lawn, reminding us to take the wooden dial post in for the winter.

Beside, a sundial is not a portable instrument, and Joshua and his men had something more pressing to do than to loiter round it.

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