One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The study and measurement of time.
- ‘We have to create space for them, so I got rid of a number of subjects, such as horology.’
- ‘Sadly, on the whole, The Horizontal Instrument is far more interesting as a bluffer's guide to horology - with a few regrettable dramatic interludes.’
- ‘Plinlimmon would seem to be offering a kind of antinomian horology at worst, at best an unctuous pragmatism of local mores.’
- ‘And while his father encouraged him to pursue higher studies in horology after a basic degree in engineering, he found a different calling for himself.’
- ‘We repeat this same tune many times, and about the twelfth or thirteenth time, we know it's time to stop, since we have gained a century in those few minutes of horology.’
- ‘I've got my eye on horology and small mechanisms.’
- ‘George III was interested in horology, and Louis XVI enjoyed locksmithing.’
- ‘I've been umming and ahhing about what to take but I think I've settled on horology.’
- ‘His network of contacts and friends in England reads like a who's who of experts on early tools, horology, and technology.’
- ‘David S. Landes's Revolution in Time treats ‘clocks and the making of the modern world’ in earlier historical periods, with a good emphasis on economic history as well as horology and philosophy.’
- ‘His interest in the sciences, particularly natural history, agriculture and horology, was perfectly attuned to the spirit of entrepreneurial expansion in manufacturing that surged through the realm during his reign.’
2The art of making clocks and watches.
- ‘The following year Jonathan Betts, the curator of horology at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, was contracted to survey and produce a catalogue of the collection.’
- ‘Underneath the ‘ordinary ’dial is another which has a rather diabolical look, but which is simply a piece of horology that shows those star signs that tell your horoscope.’
- ‘But when he lost his job through illness he knew it was time for a change - and he enrolled on a clockmaking - horology - course at City College, Manchester.’
- ‘These two shows and their accompanying catalogues have spawned a new level of study based on a combination of comparative and documentary research never before seen in horology.’
- ‘Since then, the watch-makers of Geneva have achieved an unparalleled reputation in the art of horology.’
Early 19th century: from Greek hōra ‘time’ + -logy.
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