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 (hôr′ə-lōj′, hŏr′-)
A device, such as a clock or sundial, used in telling time.

[Middle English orloge, from Old French, from Latin hōrologium, from Greek hōrologion : hōrā, hour, season; see yēr- in Indo-European roots + legein, to speak; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Horology) a rare word for timepiece
[C14: from Latin hōrologium, from Greek hōrologion, from hōra hour + -logos from legein to tell]
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(ˈhɔr əˌloʊdʒ, -ˌlɒdʒ, ˈhɒr-)

any instrument for indicating the time, esp. a sundial or an early form of clock.
[1375–1425; Middle English orloge < Middle French < Latin hōrologium < Greek hōrológion=hōro-, comb. form of hṓra hour + -logion, derivative of lógos speech (see logos)]
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any instrument or device for telling time, especially a sundial and early forms of the clock.
See also: Time
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.horologe - a measuring instrument or device for keeping timehorologe - a measuring instrument or device for keeping time
atomic clock - a timepiece that derives its time scale from the vibration of atoms or molecules
balance wheel, balance - a wheel that regulates the rate of movement in a machine; especially a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece to regulate its beat
clock - a timepiece that shows the time of day
dial - the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours
escapement - mechanical device that regulates movement
hairspring - a fine spiral spring that regulates the movement of the balance wheel in a timepiece
hand - a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; "the big hand counts the minutes"
measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system - instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
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
sundial - timepiece that indicates the daylight hours by the shadow that the gnomon casts on a calibrated dial
time-ball - a ball that slides down a staff to show a fixed time; especially at an observatory
timer - a timepiece that measures a time interval and signals its end
watch, ticker - a small portable timepiece
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Representing Asia's perspective will be Dae-Boong Kim, Executive Director of the Korea Watch & Clock Industry Cooperative; Ichiro Kubo, General Manager of the Japan Clock & Watch Association; and China Horologe Association Deputy Director General Hongguang Zhang.
Her posthumously published volume, Beachy Head, Fables, and Other Poems (1807), introduces her poem, "The Horologe of the Fields: Addressed to a Young Lady, on Seeing at the House of an Acquaintance a Magnificent French Timepiece." (44) Throughout Smith's career, she wrote poems displaying acute knowledge of Linnaean botany.
All groups were held under artificial photoperiod of (18L: 6D) using electric horologe of an intensity of 72 watts.
(18) See Thomas Carlyle, "On History": "Our clock strikes when there is a change from hour to hour; but no hammer in the horologe of Time peals through the universe when there is a change from Era to Era." Web.
Paul Robert, Dictionnaire Alphabetique et Analogique de La Langue Francaise, 12th ed., 9 vols (Paris, 1985), 5.789, lists the first definition as: 'figure de metal or de bois sculpte representant un homme d'armes muni d'un marteau avec lequel il frappe les heures sur le timbre ou la clocke d'une horologe placee en haut d'un edifice (befroi, eglise, tour ...
In a poem first published in 1923, Mina Loy describes the human ego as a "carnose horologe"--a fleshy, time--telling instrument.
"In the Middle Ages, 'clock' / 'horologium' was a generic term for all devices and aids of time-reckoning and time-indication," as Gerhard Dohrn-van Rossum notes in charting the development of the "mechanical clock." (4) The horologe, as the word's etymology announces, rang the hours.
As Thomas Carlyle wrote in his essay "On History" in 1830: Our clock strikes when there is a change from hour to hour; but no hammer in the horologe of time peals through the universe when there is a change from Era to Era.
Among the numerous participants let us mention Tim Hodgkinson, Jim Meneses, Tibor Semzo, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Rajesh Mehta, and Keiji Haine, and among Czechs, the drummer Pavel Fajt, the guitar experimenter Pavel Richter, Orloj snivcu [The Horologe of Dreamers] (an improvisation group around Jaroslav and Michal Koran and their remarkable instrument-installation made of dozens of metal rods; Janicek was at that time a member of the group) or the contemporary classical music orchestra Agon.
inviting me to follow it, to be its partner in a new horologe
The American Horologe Company, later (1854) the Waltham Watch Company, was established at Roxbury, Mass.