water clock

wa·ter clock
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er klok]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər klɒk/
    • /ˈwɔːtə(r) klɒk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er klok]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər klɒk/

Definitions of water clock words

  • noun water clock a device, as a clepsydra, for measuring time by the flow of water. 1
  • noun water clock any of various devices for measuring time that use the escape of water as the motive force 0
  • noun water clock a device for measuring time by the fall or flow of water; clepsydra 0
  • noun water clock A device for measuring time by letting water flow out of a container, usually through a tiny aperture. 0
  • noun water clock A clepsydra. 0

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Origin of water clock

First appearance:

before 1595
One of the 38% oldest English words
First recorded in 1595-1605

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water clock popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 40% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 67% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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