electric clock

noun

Definition of electric clock

: any of various clocks operated by electricity:
a : a clock having a spring or weighted arm that is wound at regular intervals by an electric motor
b : a clock whose pendulum is kept in vibration by electromagnetic impulse
c : one of a system of electrically operated clocks consisting of a master clock and a number of sympathetic clocks
d : a clock connected with an electromagnetic recording apparatus
e : a clock having neither pendulum nor balance, consisting simply of a small alternating-current motor that drives the clock hands through a reducing train of gearing, and telling time by current controlled at the generator to a definite rate of alternations per second

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“Electric clock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electric%20clock. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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