sundial

noun
sun·​di·​al | \ ˈsən-ˌdī(-ə)l How to pronounce sundial (audio) \

Definition of sundial

: an instrument to show the time of day by the shadow of a gnomon on a usually horizontal plate or on a cylindrical surface

Examples of sundial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Athletes inch around the bases like light across a sundial. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 14 July 2022 The platform, modeled after a sundial, is a community space that will be activated in various ways over the coming weeks, beginning with a jazz performance in honor of Juneteenth. Cassidy George, Vogue, 22 June 2022 About Time centers on 12 clocks created over some 2,000 years, from a sundial at the Roman forum in 263 B.C.E. to a plutonium time-capsule clock buried in Osaka, Japan, in 1970. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2021 Built by engineer John Yellott and architect Joe Wong in 1959 to honor Carefree's founder, K.T. Palmer, the sundial has a diameter of 95 feet. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 15 Nov. 2021 His design was circular: a brick path, set in a lawn, that formed seven concentric rings winding toward a sundial in the center. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 When the first public sundial arrived in Rome, a trophy of war expropriated from Sicily in the third century BCE and mounted in the Forum for all to see, some Romans cursed it. James Gleick, The New York Review of Books, 23 Sep. 2021 When the first public sundial arrived in Rome, a trophy of war expropriated from Sicily in the third century BCE and mounted in the Forum for all to see, some Romans cursed it. James Gleick, The New York Review of Books, 23 Sep. 2021 The earliest record of a sundial was dated in ancient Egypt around 1500 BC. Ted Mico, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sundial

1555, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jul 2022

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“Sundial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sundial. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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sundial

noun
sun·​di·​al | \ ˈsən-ˌdī-əl How to pronounce sundial (audio) \

Kids Definition of sundial

: a device that shows the time of day by the position of the shadow cast onto a marked plate by an object with a straight edge

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