hour hand


Definition of hour hand

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

Examples of hour hand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 As the particle circles the magnet, its hour hand goes around and around at a rate predicted by theory. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 7 Apr. 2021 Created in partnership with Parisian artist Romaric Andre, alias seconde/seconde/, the new Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept X seconde/seconde/ has an hour hand in the shape of a pixelated rubber eraser. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2021 Imagine winding the hour hand of a clock back from 3 o’clock to noon. Quanta Magazine, 6 Sep. 2018 So the hour and the minute hand line up 12 – 1 = 11 times over one full rotation of the hour hand resulting in an 11-fold symmetry of the positions of the hands on the clock. Quanta Magazine, 30 Oct. 2015 Hublot Housed in a 45mm carbon-fiber case, the Big Bang Unico GMT Carbon features an arrow-tipped hour hand and day/night indicator on a skeleton dial; $23,100, at Hublot, NYC and Beverly Hills or hublot.com. 5. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hour hand

1669, in the meaning defined above

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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 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hour hand

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


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