Definition of water clock in English:

water clock


  • A clock that used the flow of water to measure time.

    • ‘As a result, the instruments needed for accurate observation, the eyeglasses and water clocks, were simply neglected and abandoned.’
    • ‘He reasoned that the movement of a ship was guided by skilled intelligence, and a sundial or water clock told the time by design rather than by chance.’
    • ‘Over thousands of years, the accuracy of maps didn't improve significantly faster than the accuracy of primitive timepieces such as the sundial or water clock.’
    • ‘Later, in ancient Egypt, water clocks were used to keep time.’
    • ‘In Egypt he learnt of a water clock and later introduced it into Greece.’
    • ‘I was drowsily tending the fire, watching almost pure alcohol plunking drop at a time into a small bowl, steady as a water clock.’
    • ‘He is credited with the invention of a rain gauge, a water clock, and a sundial.’
    • ‘Glancing at the water clock on the mantle, Donnan was startled by how late it was.’
    • ‘Advancement in science and technology was also sought by the rulers, and the Han invented paper, used water clocks and sundials, and developed a seismograph.’
    • ‘They weren't very accurate (the best, losing or gaining 15 minutes a day), but neither were the water clocks they eventually replaced.’
    • ‘The head was among 12 sculpted heads of zodiac animals that formed part of a water clock in the palace.’
    • ‘At night, one of the monks always had to stay awake keeping an eye on the water clock or the sand clock.’
    • ‘My water clock says that it's forty-seven minutes after the twenty-third hour.’
    • ‘The time was well into the quiet hours before dawn, and I was working with unparalleled ire on an antique water clock belonging to a wealthy racehorse owner named Cuthbert.’
    • ‘The invention of timekeeping devices - hourglasses, water clocks, graduated tapers - made it possible for early civilized people to begin to control and standardize the units of time, and in doing so to coordinate their lives.’
    • ‘Somewhere in the library an old water clock chimed the hour, making him glance at his timepiece for confirmation.’
    • ‘The water clock, built in 1870, is one of only two of its kind in the country but is currently in bits in Padiham Town Hall.’
    • ‘The developments were not, however, in new types of clock, merely in improved designs of sundials and water clocks.’
    • ‘The latest acquisitions, part of an elaborate water clock designed around the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, would fit right in.’
    • ‘He raised his hand, muscles flowing in and out of place like a water clock resetting itself.’


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