American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for measuring time, consisting of a glass vessel constricted to a narrow passage in the middle, through which a quantity of sand, or sometimes of mercury, runs from the upper part into the lower in exactly an hour. At the end of the hour the glass may be reversed, when the sand will run back for another hour. Hour-glasses are now seldom used, though formerly very common. Similar instruments intended to mark shorter intervals are named accordingly, as a half-hour or a ten-minute glass. A three-minute glass, to boil eggs by. is called an egg-glass.
- n. The time measured by an hour-glass; an hour.
- Having the form of hour-glass.
- n. A clock made of two glass vessels connected with a narrow passage, with sand flowing through that passage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An instrument for measuring time, especially the interval of an hour. It consists of a glass vessel having two compartments, from the uppermost of which a quantity of sand, water, or mercury occupies an hour in running through a small aperture unto the lower.
- n. a sandglass that runs for sixty minutes
- hour + glass (Wiktionary)
“QUOTE TO NOTE: I know the hourglass is running out.”
“The hourglass is shaped like the number eight --- wide at the top and bottom, but very thin in the middle.”
“When the hourglass is turned with the upside down, it begins to mark the passing of another hour.”
“A second hourglass is found beside the lectern in the miniature studiolo, a particularly jocund play of temporal and spatial layering.”
“If the Pistons find a way to sink the Lakers, the main reason will be that tough little customer wearing the glasses, a man whose coaching hourglass is nearly empty.”
““Now,” he continued with admiring eyes, “that is what you call an hourglass figure.”
“The hourglass should be the "butternut squash" and the upside down triangle should be the Crystal Carrington because there are no top heavy fruits!”
“-- A warning against delay in arrangements or thought-of plans; with other signs, the hourglass is a grave warning of peril through illness or accident.”
“Her figure is probably what we would call "hourglass".”
“FYI this will work for any handheld that constantly initializes .. aka the hourglass of doom.”
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