sundial

[ suhn-dahy-uh l, -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.

Nearby words

  1. sunday-go-to-meeting,
  2. sundays,
  3. sunder,
  4. sunderland,
  5. sundew,
  6. sundog,
  7. sundown,
  8. sundowner,
  9. sundress,
  10. sundries

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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Word Origin and History for sundial

sundial

n.

1590s, from sun (n.) + dial (n.).

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