meaning of clock

1. A machine for measuring time, indicating the hour and other divisions by means of hands moving on a dial plate. Its works are moved by a weight or a spring, and it is often so constructed as to tell the hour by the stroke of a hammer on a bell. It is not adapted, like the watch, to be carried on the person.
A watch, esp. one that strikes.
The striking of a clock.
A figure or figured work on the ankle or side of a stocking.
To ornament with figured work, as the side of a stocking.
To call, as a hen. See Cluck.
A large beetle, esp. the European dung beetle (Scarabaeus stercorarius).
clock A processors clock or one cycle thereof. The relative execution times of instructions on a computer are usually measured by number of clock cycles rather than seconds. One good reason for this is that clock rates for various models of the computer may increase as technology improves, and it is usually the relative times one is interested in when discussing the instruction set.

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