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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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The hourglass can be a neat or a full or if you prefer there are all sizes of hourglasses from XS to XL.
More than 200,000 people are estimated to have died in the bloodshed and more than 10,000 hourglasses were being turned over by activists around the world during Global Day for Darfur events.
And more than 10,000 hourglasses were turned over by activists around the world to show that time is running out for the people of Darfur.