time·​piece | \ ˈtīm-ˌpēs \

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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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 Before picking up your own new timepiece, take heed of Moore's shopping tips. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Mandy Moore Used to Walk by Fossil Stores in the Mall, Now She's The Face of the Brand," 10 Sep. 2018 The 42mm watchface looks like a traditional timepiece, and is powered by Wear OS for music, fitness, and notifications, and feature all-day battery life. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Best Amazon Prime Day deals on fitness trackers and smartwatches," 16 July 2018 Poetic Astronomy,’ where heaven and earth merge to create a dreamlike setting for extraordinary timepieces inspired by the beauty of the cosmos. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Behind the Scenes of Tribeca Ball, One of New York’s Most Glamorous Galas," 3 Apr. 2018 Also, in honor of the upcoming four-day family reunion of Porsche enthusiasts, Porsche Design made a special commemorative timepiece called the Chronotimer Rennsport Reunion VI available for pre-order in late June. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "Porsche Design revs up its West Coast style profile with limited-edition watch, Aug. 3 L.A. runway show," 2 July 2018 In normal use, at least, this approach doesn’t seem particularly disruptive and might even make the watch look like a more traditional digital timepiece. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The TicWatch Pro uses a transparent second display to save power," 24 May 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

: a clock or watch


time·​piece | \ ˈtīm-ˌpēs \

Kids Definition of timepiece

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

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