sweep hand


noun Horology.

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.

Nearby words

  1. sweelinck, jan pieterszoon,
  2. sweeny,
  3. sweep,
  4. sweep account,
  5. sweep check,
  6. sweep off someone's feet,
  7. sweep under the rug,
  8. sweep-saw,
  9. sweep-second,
  10. sweepback

Origin of sweep hand

First recorded in 1940–45

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British Dictionary definitions for sweep hand

sweep hand

noun

horology a long hand that registers seconds or fractions of seconds on the perimeter of the dial
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