hourglass

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Wooden hourglass
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hour +‎ glass

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hourglass (plural hourglasses)

  1. A clock made of two glass vessels connected with a narrow passage, with sand flowing through that passage.
    After each game turn, invert the hourglass to reset the time limit for the next player.
  2. (computing) A pointer, often shaped like an hourglass, indicating the computer is busy.
    The computer showed an hourglass mouse cursor to indicate that it was too busy to process user input.

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