water clock


Definition of water clock

: an instrument designed to measure time by the fall or flow of a quantity of water

called also clepsydra

Examples of water clock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its short, digestible sections are instead about candy bracelets, water clocks, the birds that fly above Jerusalem’s checkpoints, the taste of Coca-Cola in prison. Charles Finch, Washington Post, "Colum McCann’s ‘Apeirogon’ takes an elliptical approach to the unending Middle East conflict," 10 Mar. 2020 The need to gauge the divisions of the day and night led the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to create sundials, water clocks and other early chronometric tools. William J. H. Andrewes, Scientific American, "Time Keeping Has a Long, Colorful History," 23 Jan. 2012

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First Known Use of water clock

1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Water clock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20clock. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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