a hand, usually a second hand, centrally mounted with the minute and hour hands of a timepiece and reaching to the edge of the dial.
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Origin of sweep hand
First recorded in 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for sweep hand
horology a long hand that registers seconds or fractions of seconds on the perimeter of the dial
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