hourglass

noun
hour·​glass | \ ˈau̇(-ə)r-ˌglas How to pronounce hourglass (audio) \

Definition of hourglass

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

hourglass

adjective

Definition of hourglass (Entry 2 of 2)

: shaped like an hourglass an hourglass figure

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Noun

In the meaning defined above

First Known Use of hourglass

Noun

circa 1515, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1834, in the meaning defined above

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hourglass

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hourglass

: a device for measuring time

hourglass

noun
hour·​glass | \ ˈau̇r-ˌglas How to pronounce hourglass (audio) \

Kids Definition of hourglass

: 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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