Definition of water clock in English:

water clock

Pronunciation /ˈwɔdər/


  • A clock that used the flow of water to measure time.

    ‘At night, one of the monks always had to stay awake keeping an eye on the water clock or the sand clock.’
    • ‘He is credited with the invention of a rain gauge, a water clock, and a sundial.’
    • ‘He raised his hand, muscles flowing in and out of place like a water clock resetting itself.’
    • ‘The latest acquisitions, part of an elaborate water clock designed around the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, would fit right in.’
    • ‘The water clock, built in 1870, is one of only two of its kind in the country but is currently in bits in Padiham Town Hall.’
    • ‘Somewhere in the library an old water clock chimed the hour, making him glance at his timepiece for confirmation.’
    • ‘My water clock says that it's forty-seven minutes after the twenty-third hour.’
    • ‘The time was well into the quiet hours before dawn, and I was working with unparalleled ire on an antique water clock belonging to a wealthy racehorse owner named Cuthbert.’
    • ‘I was drowsily tending the fire, watching almost pure alcohol plunking drop at a time into a small bowl, steady as a water clock.’
    • ‘Glancing at the water clock on the mantle, Donnan was startled by how late it was.’
    • ‘The head was among 12 sculpted heads of zodiac animals that formed part of a water clock in the palace.’
    • ‘In Egypt he learnt of a water clock and later introduced it into Greece.’
    • ‘Over thousands of years, the accuracy of maps didn't improve significantly faster than the accuracy of primitive timepieces such as the sundial or water clock.’
    • ‘He reasoned that the movement of a ship was guided by skilled intelligence, and a sundial or water clock told the time by design rather than by chance.’
    • ‘The developments were not, however, in new types of clock, merely in improved designs of sundials and water clocks.’
    • ‘The invention of timekeeping devices - hourglasses, water clocks, graduated tapers - made it possible for early civilized people to begin to control and standardize the units of time, and in doing so to coordinate their lives.’
    • ‘Advancement in science and technology was also sought by the rulers, and the Han invented paper, used water clocks and sundials, and developed a seismograph.’
    • ‘As a result, the instruments needed for accurate observation, the eyeglasses and water clocks, were simply neglected and abandoned.’
    • ‘Later, in ancient Egypt, water clocks were used to keep time.’
    • ‘They weren't very accurate (the best, losing or gaining 15 minutes a day), but neither were the water clocks they eventually replaced.’