clocklike

adjective
clock·​like | \ ˈkläk-ˌlīk How to pronounce clocklike (audio) \

Definition of clocklike

: unusually regular, undeviating, and precise does his job with clocklike efficiency

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Recent Examples on the Web While each change may be novel, major life transitions happen with clocklike regularity. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "The Beautiful Discomfort of Being Betwixt and Between," 10 Sep. 2020 Time cells fire at successive moments but do not track time in a simple clocklike fashion. Matthew Schafer, Scientific American, "In Search of the Brain’s Social Road Maps," 1 Feb. 2020 As its inflating interior forms a new universe, its energy incrementally ticks down in clocklike fashion each time the expanding circle winds around the cylinder’s circumference and overlaps itself. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Hunt for the Big Bang’s Triangles," 19 Apr. 2016 The radio emissions themselves, Dr. Chatterjee said, resemble the blasts from pulsars — the spinning neutron stars that emit clocklike pulses of radiation and whose discovery in 1968 did indeed elicit speculation about little green men. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Radio Bursts Traced to Faraway Galaxy, but Caller Is Probably ‘Ordinary Physics’," 4 Jan. 2017 As its inflating interior forms a new universe, its energy incrementally ticks down in clocklike fashion each time the expanding circle winds around the cylinder’s circumference and overlaps itself. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "Triangles in the Sky Tell the Story of the Universe’s Birth," 23 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of clocklike

1609, in the meaning defined above

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“Clocklike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clocklike. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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