time·​piece | \ ˈtīm-ˌpēs How to pronounce timepiece (audio) \

Definition of timepiece

: a device (such as a clock or watch) to measure or show progress of time especially : one that does not chime

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Synonyms for timepiece


chronometer, clock, timekeeper, timer

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Examples of timepiece in a Sentence

the only timepiece she used at the cabin was a garden sundial

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Beneath this formidable timepiece, a series of scenes melt into one another, approximating cinematic cross-cutting, while managing to feel both epic and intimate. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Raises the Bar for Broadway Magic," 22 Apr. 2018 The space, which includes an enormous domed instrument for tracking celestial bodies, is modeled on the Jai Prakash Yantra timepiece at Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, India. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "James Turrell’s New Masterpiece in the Desert," 14 Jan. 2019 The construction of the watch uses urethane to protect the timepiece and suspends timekeeping modules inside the structure to prevent the watch from suffering direct shock. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Casio's G-Shock Gets Bluetooth and a New Look," 13 Sep. 2018 And because many of their designs are sold online, as well, the arrival of Carpenter, Brooklyn Watches and Martenero timepieces on the scene is as much an online thing as a Brooklyn thing. Michael Clerizo, WSJ, "A Watch Industry Grows in Brooklyn," 5 June 2018 The stores sell everything from fine china to Swiss timepieces, but the company’s online selection has been more limited. Robert Williams, Bloomberg.com, "Hermes Seeks Growth by Outfitting Luxury Lifestyles From Afar," 8 Feb. 2018 Manufactured by Fossil Group, which has ties to a number of fashion brands, these are timepieces that aim to catch the eye as well as meet data needs. David Lazarus, The Seattle Times, "8 great smartwatch picks (that aren’t Apple)," 7 Jan. 2019 Now, Swiss watch company North Eagles has set that same basic sensor inside an otherwise normal-looking timepiece. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "A Poison-Detecting Watch for Gas and Oil Workers," 11 Nov. 2018 And yet these features – fall detection, an ECG – are primary reasons for considering Apple’s latest timepiece. Krysia Lenzo, Fox News, "Apple Watch review roundup: The hype is real for the best smartwatch on the market," 19 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of timepiece

1765, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of timepiece

formal : a clock or watch


time·​piece | \ ˈtīm-ˌpēs How to pronounce timepiece (audio) \

Kids Definition of timepiece

: a device (as a clock or watch) to measure the passing of time

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