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 Imagine winding the hour hand of a clock back from 3 o’clock to noon. Quanta Magazine, "The Strange Numbers That Birthed Modern Algebra," 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, "Solution: ‘Creating Art With Mathematics’," 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, "12 Timeless Travel Watches for Festival Season," 6 Sep. 2019 Mathematicians have long known how to describe this rotation as a simple multiplication: A number representing the initial position of the hour hand on the plane is multiplied by another constant number. Quanta Magazine, "The Strange Numbers That Birthed Modern Algebra," 6 Sep. 2018 The first-period bell currently sounds throughout Cincinnati Public Schools at 7:30 a.m., but an initiative led by students recently convinced administrators to yank the hour hand forward to 8:30 a.m. within three years. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "Starting School Later Can Drastically Improve Students' Lives," 9 May 2019 Thread the two together, and glue the minute hand to the dowel and the hour hand to the PVC. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Halloween Costumes From the PM Archives," 11 Oct. 2018 Right now fiddling with the hour hand twice a year defies logic and biology. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "Daylight Saving Time is an insult to the body and brain | Miami Herald," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hour hand

1669, in the meaning defined above

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“Hour hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hour%20hand. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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