sweep-second hand

sweep-sec·​ond hand | \ ˈswēp-ˌse-kənd- How to pronounce sweep-second hand (audio) , -kənt- \

Definition of sweep-second hand

: a hand marking seconds on a timepiece mounted concentrically with the other hands and read from the same dial as the minute hand

Examples of sweep-second hand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the push piece at 2:00 is activated, the split-second hand stops while the sweep-second hand continues running. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 When the crown is pressed, the center sweep-second hand and the split-seconds hand both begin running but are superimposed. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sweep-second hand

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Sweep-second hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweep-second%20hand. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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