sundial

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Etymology[edit]

sun +‎ dial

Noun[edit]

sundial ‎(plural sundials)

  1. A simple timekeeping device in which the shadow cast by a vertical pole or plate (the gnomon) is used to indicate the time of day.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter VIII, The Younger Set:
      Elbows almost touching they leaned at ease, idly reading the almost obliterated lines engraved there. ¶ "I never understood it," she observed, lightly scornful. "What occult meaning has a sun-dial for the spooney? I'm sure I don't want to read riddles in a strange gentleman's optics."

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