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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A metal or wood sphere that slides down a staff and allows sailors and others to set their clocks to.

Usage examples (6)
  • In large towns, timekeepers would drop a "time-ball" at the top of a high tower.
  • And the men of lower Broadway hurrying along the walks, conscious of time and money, stopping at noon to check the precision of their big watches with Western Union's red...
  • Telegraph Hill and its semaphore and time-ball were features of business life.
  • But despite this, every afternoon a member of staff from James Ritchie & Son clockmakers, in Broughton Street, has walked up the 170 steps to the top of the Nelson Monument,... for more
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