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hourglass

noun hour·glass \ ˈau̇(-ə)r-ˌglas \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of hourglass

: an instrument for measuring time consisting of a glass vessel having two compartments from the upper of which a quantity of usually sand runs in an hour into the lower one

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Illustration of hourglass

First Known Use of hourglass

circa 1515


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hourglass

adjective

Definition of hourglass

: shaped like an hourglass
  • an hourglass figure

First Known Use of hourglass

circa 1834


HOURGLASS Defined for English Language Learners

hourglass

noun

Definition of hourglass for English Language Learners

  • : a device for measuring time


HOURGLASS Defined for Kids

hourglass

noun hour·glass \ ˈau̇r-ˌglas \

Definition of hourglass for Students

: a device for measuring time in which sand takes an hour to run from the upper into the lower part of a glass container


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