One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An audible signal indicating the exact time of day, especially one broadcast by radio at certain times.
- ‘Every night, the clock automatically checks the radio-delivered official time signal and makes whatever adjustments are necessary to stay synchronized.’
- ‘The BBC first used the six pips as a broadcast time signal - in recent years the sixth pip has been elongated for emphasis.’
- ‘Atomic clocks are designed to receive radiofrequency transmissions of time signals several times a day to auto-adjust the time.’
- ‘It was wound solemnly each Sunday morning, checked against the BBC time signal, adjusted, and the glass cover snapped gently back for another week.’
- ‘These systems work by comparing time signals received from different satellites.’
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