Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A glass vessel consisting of two equal, nearly conical, and coaxial receptacles connected by a small opening at their vertices, one of which contains sand, which, if the glass is turned, runs through the opening into the other, the amount of sand being so regulated that a certain space of time is exactly measured by its running through. Compare hour-glass, minute-glass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An instrument for measuring time by the running of sand. See hourglass.

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  • noun An instrument for measuring the passage of time by the passage of sand through a narrow opening.

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  • noun timepiece in which the passage of time is indicated by the flow of sand from one transparent container to another through a narrow passage

Etymologies

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sand +‎ glass

Examples

  • The set designer explains that the sandglass chamber was not meant to be disassembled, but stuff like this happens all the time on a movie production - making the impossible possible.

    /Film Visits The Set of Prince Of Persia - Part 1 | /Film

  • He glanced at the sandglass that he had turned over just moments ago and then thoughtfully back to the Masterharper.

    Dragon's Fire

  • To look out fairly was impossible; for not only was all the lower part of the frame hillocked up like a sandglass, and the sides filled in with dusky plaits, but even in the middle, where some outlook was, it led to very little.

    Erema

  • “J” pennibs, obtained from same department of same firm: an old sandglass which rolled containing sand which rolled: a sealed prophecy (never unsealed) written by Leopold Bloom in 1886 concerning the consequences of the passing into law of William

    Ulysses

  • After Skent returned with the two scrolls and she signed and sealed the original and sent Fridric off with it, Anna glanced at the sandglass on the wall stand, nearing the eighth glass of the day.

    The Spellsong War

  • The consultation took some little time, the second half of one sandglass and the beginning of the next.

    Hornblower In The West Indies

  • Frequently we read by an old spoiled sandglass, which runs in a minute or two.

    Chapter VI. Book VIII

  • This would, however, be imperceptible so long as their lengths were not measured by some accurate mechanical time-measurer such as a clepsydra, sandglass, pendulum, or spring clock.

    The Astronomy of the Bible An Elementary Commentary on the Astronomical References of Holy Scripture

  • Partridge squatted beside the ring with a sandglass — used for timing the casting of the log — in front of him.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy

  • To look out fairly was impossible; for not only was all the lower part of the frame hillocked up like a sandglass, and the sides filled in with dusky plaits, but even in the middle, where some outlook was, it led to very little.

    Erema — My Father's Sin

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  • Citation on clepsydra.

    June 5, 2008