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water clock

n.
A clepsydra.

water clock

or

water glass

n
(Horology) any of various devices for measuring time that use the escape of water as the motive force

wa′ter clock`


n.
a device, as a clepsydra, for measuring time by the flow of water.
[1595–1605]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.water clock - clock that measures time by the escape of waterwater clock - clock that measures time by the escape of water
clock - a timepiece that shows the time of day
Translations
akvohorloĝo
vesikello
vízóra
水時計
물시계
vandens laikodris
wateruuwerk
zegar wodny
klepsydra
vattenur
su saati
References in classic literature ?
These thousand tiny bells quivered for some time with the vibration of the rope, then gradually died away, and finally became silent when the manikin had been brought into a state of immobility by that law of the pendulum which has dethroned the water clock and the hour-glass.
From the water clocks of medieval Arab inventors to modern-day robots, humans have devised the oddest apparatuses to bring forth mechanical movement.
Then there were sundials, water clocks and hourglasses.
Romans would change the setting of their water clocks to make better use of the seasons.
Horologia, from Greek, means to tell the hour and was used to describe very early mechanical clocks, including water clocks.
For example, the recently deceased David Landes begins his great book on the history of clocks, Revolution in Time, by asking why mechanical timepieces arose in the West and not in China, especially since China had a long history of non-mechanical clocks, including sophisticated water clocks.