hour hand

UK / US noun [countable]
Word forms "hour hand":
singular hour hand plural hour hands
the thing that points to the hour on a clock or watch. The thing that points to the minute is called the minute hand, and the thing that points to the seconds is called the second hand.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Hour hand — Hour Hour, n. [OE. hour, our, hore, ure, OF. hore, ore, ure, F. heure, L. hora, fr. Gr. ?, orig., a definite space of time, fixed by natural laws; hence, a season, the time of the day, an hour. See {Year}, and cf. {Horologe}, {Horoscope}.] 1. The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hour hand — hour ,hand noun count the thing that points to the hour on a clock or watch. The thing that points to the minute is called the minute hand, and the thing that points to the seconds is called the second hand …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hour hand — hour .hand n the shorter of the two pieces on a clock or watch that show you the time →↑minute hand …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hour hand — hour′ hand n. hor the hand that indicates the hours on a clock or watch • Etymology: 1660–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • hour hand — n. the short hand of a clock or watch, which indicates the hours and moves around the dial once every twelve hours …   English World dictionary

  • hour hand — noun the shorter hand of a clock that points to the hours • Syn: ↑little hand • Hypernyms: ↑hand * * * noun : the index showing the hour on a timepiece * * * the hand that indicates the hours on a clock or watch. [1660 70] * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • hour hand — noun The hand of a clock or watch face that revolves twice each day and indicates the hours. Syn: little hand …   Wiktionary

  • hour hand — /ˈaʊə hænd/ (say owuh hand) noun the hand that indicates the hours on a clock or watch …   Australian English dictionary

  • hour hand — noun Date: 1669 the short hand that marks the hours on the face of a watch or clock …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hour hand — the hand that indicates the hours on a clock or watch. [1660 70] * * * …   Universalium

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