Definition of O'clock
1. Adverb. According to the clock. "It's three o'clock in Tokyo now"
Definition of O'clock
1. Adverb. (context: modifying a numeral, one to twelve) (non-gloss definition 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.) ¹
2. Adverb. (context: jocular) (non-gloss definition 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.) ¹
3. Adverb. (context: with a numeral, one to twelve) (non-gloss definition In conjunction with a numeral, indicates the direction, relative to the speaker, 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.) ¹
4. Adverb. (non-gloss definition Used to indicate direction on a plane, often vertical with 12 o'clock being straight up, representing a projection of the speaker's field of vision.) ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Literary usage of O'clock
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Lancet (1842)
"She had taken tea at five o'clock, apparently in good spirits, ... Five o'clock. No abatement of the pain. I now called in my friend Dr. Canham, ..."
2. Technology Review by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Association of Class Secretaries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alumni Association (1899)
"Class of '92, 6 o'clock in the English Room, Hotel Thorndike. ... Class of '10, 6 o'clock, Hotel Plaza. Nearly all the classes are making ..."
3. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"He engaged to be with them by four o'clock. Chapter MRS DASHWOOD'S visit to Lady Middleton took place the next day, and two of her daughters went with her; ..."
4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"Evening Session—8 O'clock. At the Free Museum of Science and Art, University of ... A reception was given at nine o'clock in the museum by the president and ..."
5. Journal: 1st-13th Congress . Repr. 14th Congress, 1st Session by United States Congress. House (1843)
"A motion was made by Mr. Cave Johnson, to amend the instructions to read as follows : with instructions to report, at two o'clock to-morrow, the following ..."