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- (international standards) NATO, ICAO, ITU & IMO radiotelephony code word used with numerals up to twelve to indicate direction
- a clock (obsolete)
Shortened form of "of the clock".
- (modifying a numeral, one to twelve) In conjunction with a numeral, indicates the time within a twelve-hour period (midnight to noon or noon to midnight), specifically the time when the hour hand of a clock points precisely to the symbol or marking corresponding to the designated numeral.
- We are expected to be there at six o'clock in the morning!
- It is two o'clock.
- (rare, nonstandard) What o'clock is it?
- 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 5, in Death on the Centre Court:
- By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.
- (humorous) In conjunction with a term representing an action or event that occurs daily, indicates the time that said action or event occurs, or first occurs.
- 1880, Henrietta A. Duff, Honor Carmichael, page 251:
- That same evening at tea-time — (I am sorry to have to introduce you to another eating-scene, but the hours in English households are usually marked by repasts. It is a daily calendar of feasts — breakfast o’clock, dinner o’clock, &c., […] ).
- 1998, Carolyn Greene, Heavenly Husband, page 129:
- “It's lunch o’clock. Wanna go out to eat?”
- (with a numeral, one to twelve) In conjunction with a numeral, indicates the direction, relative to the speaker or a vehicle, especially an aircraft, corresponding to the direction the hour hand is pointing at the time corresponding to the numeral, with twelve representing directly ahead and three being to the right.
- 1989, Aileen R. Lotz, Birding around the year: when to find birds in North America:
- It's at nine o'clock about two feet in from the edge of the branch. You need to know your "o'clocks" (nondigital) to spot birds.
- 1992, Herbert Benson with Eileen M. Stuart and Staff of the Mind/Body Medical Institute of New England Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School, The Wellness book, page 86:
- Without moving your head, move your gaze upward to look at twelve o’clock. Now look down at six o’clock. Repeat three times, then blink several times, and rest with your eyes closed.
- 1994, Peter Abramoff with Robert G. Thomson, Laboratory outlines in biology--VI, page 22:
- Thus, you could tell them to "look at three o'clock," or "look just off-center toward nine o'clock," and so forth. Alternatively, in some microscopes a thin black line appears to cut across the field of view
- 1997, Bill Thompson, Bird watching for dummies:
- Three o'clock and nine o'clock would be at the outer right and outer left sides of the tree, respectively, and so on. The clock technique is a very helpful way for one bird watcher to direct others to a hard-to-spot perched bird.
- 11 o'clock number
- 5 o'clock traffic
- beer o'clock
- drinks o'clock
- eight o'clock
- eleven o'clock
- five o'clock
- five o'clock shadow
- four o'clock
- four-o'clock flower
- four o'clock flower
- it's five o'clock somewhere
- know what o'clock it is
- know what's o'clock
- like one o'clock
- like one o'clock half struck
- nine o'clock
- one o'clock
- seven o'clock
- six o'clock
- six o'clock swill
- stupid o'clock
- ten o'clock
- three o'clock
- twelve o'clock
- two o'clock
- what o'clock is it
- wine o'clock
indication of time (the translations below are of "one o’clock")
the translations below are of "at one o’clock"