hourglass

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hourglass \Hour"glass'\, noun An instrument for measuring time, especially the interval of an hour. It consists of a glass vessel having two compartments, from the uppermost of which a quantity of sand, water, or mercury occupies an hour in running through a small aperture unto the lower.

Note: A similar instrument measuring any other interval of time takes its name from the interval measured; as, a {half-hour glass}, a {half-minute glass}. A {three-minute glass} is sometimes called an egg-glass, from being used to time the boiling of eggs.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

hourglass

noun

1: a sandglass that runs for sixty minutes


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