One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An hourglass measuring a fixed amount of time (not necessarily one hour).
- ‘Early oceanic travellers used a sandglass to tell the time.’
- ‘In addition to their lack of accuracy, sandglasses, waterclocks and candles were also limited in the total length of time they could measure before having to be reset.’
- ‘She glanced over at the sandglass, and started.’
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