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CLOCK, noun

1. A machine, consisting of wheels moved by weights, so constructed that by a uniform vibration of a pendulum, it measures time, and its divisions, hours, minutes and seconds, with great exactness. It indicates the hour by the stroke of a small hammer on a bell.

The phrases, what oclock is it? It is nine oclock, seem to be contracted from what of the clock? It is nine of the clock

2. A figure or figured work in the ankle of a stocking.

CLOCK, verb transitive To call. [See Cluck.]