sundial

[ suhn-dahy-uhl, -dahyl ]
/ ˈsʌnˌdaɪ əl, -ˌdaɪl /

noun

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.

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Origin of sundial

First recorded in 1570–80; sun + dial
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British Dictionary definitions for sundial

sundial
/ (ˈsʌnˌdaɪəl) /

noun

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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