Definition of Time-ball

1. Noun. A ball that slides down a staff to show a fixed time; especially at an observatory.

Group relationships: Horologe, Timekeeper, Timepiece
Generic synonyms: Ball, Globe, Orb



Definition of Time-ball

1. Noun. (rare spelling of time ball) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Time-ball

timbrel
timbreless
timbrelist
timbrelists
timbrelled
timbrels
timbres
timbric
timbromania
timburine
timburines
time
time's arrow
time's up
time-and-motion study
time-ball (current term)
time-bill
time-bills
time-bomb
time-bombs
time-book
time-compensated gain
time-consuming
time-delay
time-delay measuring instrument
time-delay measuring system
time-delays
time-dependent
time-exposure

Literary usage of Time-ball

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1. Journal by Folk-Song Society (Great Britain) (1853)
"time-ball, similar to that at the Royal Observatory, ... Thus the time-ball is made to descend without injuring the building or spoiling itself; ..."

2. The Popular Science Monthly (1877)
"This time-ball it was proposed to drop daily by telegraph at New York noon. It is to be dropped exactly at llb 47m 49.53' AM of Washington local time, ..."

3. Electricity and the Electric Telegraph by George Bartlett Prescott (1888)
"But the time service does not end here, To reap the full benefit of the time ball, a great number of people must watch for its fall; that takes time, ..."

4. Annual Record of Science and Industry for 1871-78 by Spencer Fullerton Baird (1877)
"A time-ball is established at Cadiz, but we have no information of the time at ... There is a time-ball dropped at Batavia mean noon, and also one at lh 7m ..."

5. Report of the Annual Meeting (1856)
"... the question of extending the signal to the other parts of Scotland had been raised. described the recently erected time-ball on the Nelson Monument, ..."

6. Journal of the Society of Arts by Society of Arts (Great Britain) (1853)
"A time-ball, similar to that at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, ... Thus the time-ball is made to descend without injuring the building or spoiling itself ..."

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