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hour·glass

 (our′glăs′)
n.
An instrument for measuring time, consisting of two glass chambers connected by a narrow neck and containing a quantity of sand, mercury, or another flowing substance that trickles from the upper chamber to the lower in a fixed amount of time, often one hour.
adj.
Shaped like an hourglass: an hourglass design; an hourglass figure.

hourglass

(ˈaʊəˌɡlɑːs)
n
1. (Horology) a device consisting of two transparent chambers linked by a narrow channel, containing a quantity of sand that takes a specified time to trickle to one chamber from the other
2. (modifier) well-proportioned with a small waist: an hourglass figure.

hour•glass

(ˈaʊərˌglæs, -ˌglɑs, ˈaʊ ər-)

n.
1. an instrument for measuring time, consisting of two bulbs of glass joined by a narrow passage through which a quantity of sand or mercury runs in just an hour.
adj.
2. having or indicating the shape of this instrument: a woman with an hourglass figure.
[1505–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hourglass - a sandglass that runs for sixty minuteshourglass - a sandglass that runs for sixty minutes
sandglass - timepiece in which the passage of time is indicated by the flow of sand from one transparent container to another through a narrow passage
Translations

hourglass

[ˈaʊəglɑːs] Nreloj m de arena

hourglass

hour glass [ˈaʊərglɑːs ˈaʊərglæs] nsablier mhourglass figure n
to have an hourglass figure → avoir des formes fpl généreuseshour hand npetite aiguille f

hourglass

[ˈaʊəˌglɑːs] nclessidra
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