sundial


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sun·di·al

 (sŭn′dī′əl, -dīl′)
n.
An instrument that indicates local apparent solar time by the shadow cast by a central projecting pointer on a surrounding calibrated dial.

sundial

(ˈsʌnˌdaɪəl)
n
(Horology) a device indicating the time during the hours of sunlight by means of a stationary arm (the gnomon) that casts a shadow onto a plate or surface marked in hours

sun•di•al

(ˈsʌnˌdaɪ əl, -ˌdaɪl)

n.
an instrument that indicates the time of day by means of the position, on a graduated plate or surface, of the shadow of the gnomon as cast by the sun.
[1570–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sundial - timepiece that indicates the daylight hours by the shadow that the gnomon casts on a calibrated dialsundial - timepiece that indicates the daylight hours by the shadow that the gnomon casts on a calibrated dial
gnomon - indicator provided by the stationary arm whose shadow indicates the time on the sundial
horologe, timepiece, timekeeper - a measuring instrument or device for keeping time
Translations
مِزْوَلَه شَمْسِيَّه
sluneční hodiny
solur
aurinkokello
שעון שמש
napóra
sólúr
solarium
zegar słoneczny
relógio de sol
slnečné hodiny
güneş saati

sundial

[ˈsʌndaɪəl] Nreloj m de sol

sundial

[ˈsʌndaɪəl] ncadran m solaire

sundial

[ˈsʌnˌdaɪl] nmeridiana

sun

(san) noun
1. the round body in the sky that gives light and heat to the earth. The Sun is nearly 150 million kilometres away from the Earth.
2. any of the fixed stars. Do other suns have planets revolving round them?
3. light and heat from the sun; sunshine. We sat in the sun; In Britain they don't get enough sun; The sun has faded the curtains.
verbpast tense, past participle sunned
to expose (oneself) to the sun's rays. He's sunning himself in the garden.
ˈsunless adjective
without sun, or lacking sunlight. a sunless room.
ˈsunny adjective
1. filled with sunshine. sunny weather.
2. cheerful and happy. The child has a sunny nature.
ˈsunniness noun
ˈsunbathe verb
to lie or sit in the sun, especially wearing few clothes, in order to get a suntan.
ˈsunbeam noun
a ray of the sun.
ˈsunburn noun
the brown or red colour of the skin caused by exposure to the sun's rays.
ˈsunburned, ˈsunburnt adjective
sunburnt faces.
ˈsundial noun
a device, usually in a garden, for telling time from the shadow of a rod or plate on its surface cast by the sun.
ˈsundown noun
(especially American) sunset.
ˈsunflower noun
a type of large yellow flower with petals like rays of the sun, from whose seeds we get oil.
ˈsunglasses noun plural
glasses of dark-coloured glass or plastic to protect the eyes in bright sunlight.
ˈsunlight noun
the light of the sun. The cat was sitting in a patch of sunlight.
ˈsunlit adjective
lighted up by the sun. a sunlit room.
ˈsunrise noun
the rising of the sun in the morning, or the time of this.
ˈsunset noun
the setting of the sun, or the time of this. the red glow of the sunset.
ˈsunshade noun
a type of umbrella for sheltering a person from the sun; a parasol.
ˈsunshine noun
1. the light of the sun. The children were playing in the sunshine.
2. cheerfulness or happiness.
ˈsunstroke noun
a serious illness caused by being in very hot sunshine for too long.
ˈsuntan noun
a brown colour of the skin caused by exposure to the sun. I'm trying to get a suntan.
catch the sun
to become sunburnt.
under the sun
in the whole world. I'm sure that he must have visited every country under the sun.
References in classic literature ?
There was a vertical sundial on the front gable; and as the carpenter passed beneath it, he looked up and noted the hour.
Put the papers on the sundial,' I read, peeping over his shoulder.
Having done this, you must at once put the box out upon the sundial, as directed.
Above him, at the angle of the steep green bank of the terraced garden, was one of those small picturesque surprises common in the old landscape gardening; a kind of small round hill or dome of grass, like a giant mole-hill, ringed and crowned with three concentric fences of roses, and having a sundial in the highest point in the centre.
He would not snatch Romeo's sword from its romantic scabbard; or slay his foe on the sundial as on a kind of altar; or leave his body among the roses, or fling the sword away among the pines.
None did come for a week, and then yesterday morning I found this paper lying on the sundial in the garden.
Three days later a message was left scrawled upon paper, and placed under a pebble upon the sundial.
All was quiet with him, save that a long inscription had appeared that morning upon the pedestal of the sundial.
As we drove up to the porticoed front door, I observed in front of it, beside the tennis lawn, the black tool-house and the pedestalled sundial with which we had such strange associations.
Wyndham Datchet would pace up and down at the same hour every morning, with a sundial to measure the time for him.
After the cure's death the house had been for sale; and Benassis, who had only just come into the country, had bought it as it stood, with the walls about it and the ground belonging to it, together with the plate, wine, and furniture, the old sundial, the poultry, the horse, and the woman-servant.
Inside was a beautiful stretch of lawn with an old sundial in the middle, the whole effect so soothing and restful that it was welcome to my somewhat jangled nerves.