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Hand

A measure of length = four inches. Horses are measured up the fore leg to the shoulder, and are called 14, 15, 16 (as it may be), hands high. i. Hand (A). A symbol of fortitude in Egypt, of…

Pendulum Clocks

In 1656, Christiaan Huygens, a Dutch scientist, made the first pendulum clock, regulated by a mechanism with a “natural” period of oscillation. Although Galileo Galilei, sometimes…

Alibi Clock

(An), 1887. A clock which strikes one hour, while the hands point to a different time, the real time being neither one nor the other. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Bre…

Clocks

Find information on a variety of clocks including on water, pendulum, quartz, mechanical, and sundials. SundialsWater ClocksAccurate Mechanical ClocksCalendarsCalendar & HolidaysSeasons,…

Clock

So church bells were once called (German glocke, French, cloche Mediæval Latin, cloca) Wel sikerer [surer] was his crowyng in his logge Than is a clok [bell] or abbay orologge Chaucer…

Sara Teasdale: Eight O'Clock

Eight O'ClockSupper comes at five o'clock, At six, the evening star, My lover comes at eight o'clock — But eight o'clock is far.How could I bear my pain all day Unless I watched to see The …

Off-hand

Without preparation; impromptu. The phrase, “in hand,” as, “It was long in hand,” means that it was long in operation, or long a-doing; so that “off-hand&#822…

Hands

Persons employed in a factory. We say so many head of cattle: horse-dealers count noses. Races are won by the nose, and factory work by the hand, but cattle have the place of honour. Ha…

Quartz Clocks

The Shortt clock was replaced as the standard by quartz crystal clocks in the 1930s and 1940s. Quartz clock operation is based on a property of quartz crystals. If you apply an electric field…