Definition of horology in English:



mass noun
  • 1The study and measurement of time.

    • ‘And while his father encouraged him to pursue higher studies in horology after a basic degree in engineering, he found a different calling for himself.’
    • ‘His network of contacts and friends in England reads like a who's who of experts on early tools, horology, and technology.’
    • ‘I've got my eye on horology and small mechanisms.’
    • ‘George III was interested in horology, and Louis XVI enjoyed locksmithing.’
    • ‘David S. Landes's Revolution in Time treats ‘clocks and the making of the modern world’ in earlier historical periods, with a good emphasis on economic history as well as horology and philosophy.’
    • ‘Sadly, on the whole, The Horizontal Instrument is far more interesting as a bluffer's guide to horology - with a few regrettable dramatic interludes.’
    • ‘We repeat this same tune many times, and about the twelfth or thirteenth time, we know it's time to stop, since we have gained a century in those few minutes of horology.’
    • ‘Plinlimmon would seem to be offering a kind of antinomian horology at worst, at best an unctuous pragmatism of local mores.’
    • ‘I've been umming and ahhing about what to take but I think I've settled on horology.’
    • ‘We have to create space for them, so I got rid of a number of subjects, such as horology.’
    • ‘His interest in the sciences, particularly natural history, agriculture and horology, was perfectly attuned to the spirit of entrepreneurial expansion in manufacturing that surged through the realm during his reign.’
  • 2The art of making clocks and watches.

    • ‘But when he lost his job through illness he knew it was time for a change - and he enrolled on a clockmaking - horology - course at City College, Manchester.’
    • ‘These two shows and their accompanying catalogues have spawned a new level of study based on a combination of comparative and documentary research never before seen in horology.’
    • ‘Underneath the ‘ordinary ’dial is another which has a rather diabolical look, but which is simply a piece of horology that shows those star signs that tell your horoscope.’
    • ‘The following year Jonathan Betts, the curator of horology at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, was contracted to survey and produce a catalogue of the collection.’
    • ‘Since then, the watch-makers of Geneva have achieved an unparalleled reputation in the art of horology.’


Early 19th century from Greek hōra ‘time’ + -logy.