grandfather clock

noun

Definition of grandfather clock 

: a tall pendulum clock that stands on the floor

called also grandfather, grandfather's clock

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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 The Emperor grandfather clock was always $1,000, the Golden West billiard table was always $2,800 and the Amana side-by-side refrigerator/freezer was always $789. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "How one San Antonio man’s obsession with ‘The Price is Right’ almost destroyed the show," 8 June 2018 Inside, a grand piano (Lisa plays), a grandfather clock and a grandmother clock (family heirlooms) add to the home’s Victorian charm. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "A classsic reborn," 1 June 2018 Apart from its colorful grandfather clock that tutors built out of K’nex toys, the center is a drab room full of computers and faux wood tables. Marcella Bombardieri, The Atlantic, "One College's Struggle to Get Poor Students Through School," 30 May 2018 Highlights included the author's writing desk, his grandfather clock and intriguing examples of his messy, backward-sloping handwriting. Edmund Vallance, latimes.com, "Before Robert Louis Stevenson was famous, he was captivated by California. What better place for a scandalous liaison?," 22 Apr. 2018 Its related painting features a grandfather clock set against an irregular checkered background. Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com, "There's a secret treasure in New Orleans. We may have found it," 9 Apr. 2018 In the hall is a grandfather clock with a Barbie sitting behind glass where the clock face used to be, and on either side of the television in the living room is a pair of manikin legs. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark," 26 Mar. 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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grandfather clock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grandfather clock

: a tall clock that stands on the floor

grandfather clock

noun

Kids Definition of grandfather clock

: a tall clock standing directly on the floor

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