ldoce_048_dclockclock1 /klɒk $ klɑːk/ ●●●S2W3 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1TMCan instrument that shows what time it is, in a room or outside on a building 🔊 I heard the clock strike six (=make six loud sounds). 🔊 The station clock was ten minutes slow (=showed a time ten minutes earlier than the real time).by the hall/kitchen/church etc clock (=according to a particular clock) 🔊 What time is it by the kitchen clock? → watch the clockat watch1(8)2 →around the clock3 →put/turn the clock back4 →put the clock(s) back/forward5 →the clocks go back/forward6 →against the clock7 →twenty-four hour clock8 →start/stop the clock9 →the clock is ticking10 →the clock11 →run out the clock/kill the clock →biological clock, body clock, dandelion clock, time clockCOLLOCATIONSverbslook/glance at the clockShe looked at the clock. It was eight thirty.the clock says eight/nine etc (=shows a particular time)The clock said five so I went back to sleep.a clock strikes eight/nine etc (=makes eight/nine etc sounds according to the hour)In the distance I heard a church clock strike eleven.a clock ticks (=makes regular quiet sounds that show it is working)There was no sound in the room apart from a clock ticking.a clock is fast/slow (=shows a later or earlier time than the real time)There’s no need to hurry – that clock’s fast.a clock stops (=stops working)My clock had stopped at 6 am so the alarm didn’t work.an alarm clock goes off (=rings at a particular time)What time do you want the alarm clock to go off tomorrow?set a clock (=make it say the right time)Don’t forget to set your clocks to summer time.wind (up) a clock (=turn a key to keep it working)It was one of those old clocks that you have to wind up.phrasesthe hands of/on a clock (=the long thin pieces that point at the numbers)The hands on the clock said ten past two.the face of a clock/the clock face (=the front part that you look at)I couldn’t see the clock face from where I was sitting.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + clockthe kitchen/sitting-room etc clockHarry glanced at the kitchen clock and saw that he was late.an alarm clock (=that makes a noise to wake you up)He forgot to set his alarm clock.a wall clock (=that hangs on a wall)A loud ticking came from the wall clock. a grandfather clock (=an old-style tall clock that stands on the floor)Where did you get that beautiful grandfather clock?a digital clock (=that shows the time as numbers that keep changing)A digital clock at the finish line shows runners their times.a travel/travelling clock (=a small one for taking on journeys)a cuckoo clock (=a clock with a wooden bird inside that comes out every hour and makes a sound)a church clock (=one on the outside of a church tower)a carriage clock British English (=a clock inside a glass case with a handle on top)COMMON ERRORS ► Don’t say ‘the clock shows five o’clock’. Say the clock says five o’clock.
clockclock2 verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 1MEASUREto cover a distance in a particular time, or to reach a particular speed in a race 🔊 Karen won in the 300 metres, clocking 42.9 seconds. 🔊 the first steam engine to clock 100 miles an hour2TMto measure or record the time or speed that someone or something is travelling atclock somebody at/doing something 🔊 The police clocked him doing between 100 and 110 miles per hour.3British English informal to notice someone or something, or to look at them carefully 🔊 Did you clock the bloke by the door?4British English to reduce the number of miles or kilometres shown on the instrument in a car that says how far it has gone, in order to sell the car for more money 🔊 He knew the car had been clocked, but he couldn’t prove it. →clock in/on →clock off →clock out →clock up something→ See Verb table