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 First came the idea of a water clock, which was then developed by the Ancient Greeks and Arabs. Kison Patel, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 One of the most famous of his devices is an enormous water clock that featured an elephant carrying his driver and a tower filled with creatures. National Geographic, 30 July 2020 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, 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, 23 Jan. 2012

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First Known Use of water clock

1601, in the meaning defined above

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19 Apr 2021

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“Water clock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20clock. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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