hour hand


: the short hand that marks the hours on the face of a watch or clock

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The cathedral style hour hand is what makes all the difference. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 7 Mar. 2023 With basins in the appropriate spots, the coal cycle runs almost like clockwork, an hour hand spinning round and round. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 24 Mar. 2021 This is achieved using an additional fourth-hour hand (on top of the hour, minute, and second hands) in conjunction with a bezel labeled with a 24-hour scale. Brynn Wallner, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Dec. 2022 The simplified construction of the UN-230 movement is a blend of the UN-118 and UN-150 calibers featuring a carousel acting as the hour hand attached to a wheel in the center of the dial. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2022 The hour hand and octagonal hour markers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock are filled with a slightly lighter hue of green Super-LumiNova, and the remaining octagonal hour markers are all edged with black lacquer. Carol Besler, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 The movement is the automatic BR-CAL325, with hours, minutes, central seconds, second time zone and date, with quick setting of the GMT hand, independently of the hour hand. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 14 Sep. 2021 This dual time zone watch uses Patek Philippe’s signature skeletonized hand to display the hours of a second time zone, while the solid hour hand shows local time. Kristen Shirley, Forbes, 27 May 2021 When at home, the skeletonized hand disappears beneath the solid hour hand, an elegant solution. Kristen Shirley, Forbes, 27 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1669, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hour hand was in 1669

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“Hour hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hour%20hand. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

hour hand

: the short hand that marks the hours on the face of a watch or clock
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