grandfather clock


Definition of grandfather clock

: a tall pendulum clock that stands on the floor

called also grandfather, grandfather's clock

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Old analog clocks, like grandfather clocks, will time the swings between a pendulum moving back and forth. Loren Grush, The Verge, "An atomic clock, ‘green’ propellant, and a sunlight-surfing sail are headed to space next week," 21 June 2019 Or 1957, when Philadelphia physician Florence Chapman Child left $50,000 to Bryn Mawr on the condition that the college take care of her 150-year-old grandfather clock. Dan Duray, Town & Country, "When Is a High-Maintenance Donor Not Worth the Trouble?," 20 May 2019 Innovation these days mainly stems from the advent of expensive research and development teams.’ Swing Shift Every mechanical clock and watch needs an oscillator, a device that swings between two positions—like the pendulum of a grandfather clock. Michael Clerizo, WSJ, "The Future of Watches: 3-D Printed Cases and Robot Horologists," 31 July 2018 Keselowski briefly nudged Logano out of the groove on the sixth lap and took off for the rout that earned him his second Martinsville grandfather clock. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Keselowski routs field to earn win at Martinsville Speedway," 24 Mar. 2019 Throughout, Merrill juxtaposed contemporary pieces with older things the family owned, as in the dining room whose Ken Peterson custom dining table is offset by a grandfather clock. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Reath Design Crafts a Bright, Elegant Home for a Young Family," 22 Mar. 2019 Chair, cabinet, grandfather clock, and side table, antique. House Beautiful, "February 2015 Issue Product Guide," 6 Jan. 2015 Attach a few grandfather clocks to a wall and over the course of the day, their pendulums will start to swing in sync. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Qubits can sync if they have more than two possible values," 7 Aug. 2018 Kruger pointed out a signed Richard Prince nurse print hanging above a medical exam table, as well as a looped video on a monitor in the waiting room by Ragnar Kjartansson showing a ticking grandfather clock. Alice Gregory, New York Times, "The Artist Has a Cavity," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of grandfather clock

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grandfather clock

from the song My Grandfather's Clock (1876) by Henry C. Work †1884 American songwriter

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English Language Learners Definition of grandfather clock

: a tall clock that stands on the floor

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Kids Definition of grandfather clock

: a tall clock standing directly on the floor

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