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Meaning of HOURGLASS

Pronunciation:  'awr`glas

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a sandglass that runs for sixty minutes

HOURGLASS is a 9 letter word that starts with H.


 See Also: sandglass



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hour"glass`\, n.
An instrument for measuring time, especially the interval of
an hour. It consists of a glass vessel having two
compartments, from the uppermost of which a quantity of sand,
water, or mercury occupies an hour in running through a small
aperture unto the lower.

Note: A similar instrument measuring any other interval of
      time takes its name from the interval measured; as, a
      {half-hour glass}, a {half-minute glass}. A
      {three-minute glass} is sometimes called an egg-glass,
      from being used to time the boiling of eggs.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing an hourglass in your dream indicates that time is running out for you. This may be a deadline that you have to meet for school or work. Alternatively, it represents a situation that is being turned upside down.
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