Definition of Sundial

1. Noun. Timepiece that indicates the daylight hours by the shadow that the gnomon casts on a calibrated dial.

Terms within: Gnomon
Generic synonyms: Horologe, Timekeeper, Timepiece



Definition of Sundial

1. n. An instrument to show the time of day by means of the shadow of a gnomon, or style, on a plate.

Definition of Sundial

1. Noun. 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. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sundial

1. a type of time-telling device [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sundial

sundeck
sundecks
sunder
sunder out
sunderance
sundered
sunderer
sunderers
sundering
sunderling
sunders
sundew
sundew family
sundew plant
sundews
sundial (current term)
sundial lupine
sundials
sundiusite
sundog
sundogs
sundown
sundown syndrome
sundowned
sundowner
sundowner's syndrome
sundowner syndrome
sundowners
sundowners syndrome
sundowning

Literary usage of Sundial

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Astronomy: A Popular Handbook by Harold Jacoby (1913)
"The sundial is no longer an instrument of essential importance in everyday affairs, since time is now universally measured with mechanical clocks and ..."

2. Laboratory Astronomy by Robert Wheeler Willson (1905)
"It always passes through the intersection of the gnomon with the dial and, continually shifting RQ.BB. Horizontal sundial, toward the east, at any instant ..."

3. Laboratory Astronomy by Robert Wheeler Willson (1905)
"To mark the hour-lines on a horizontal sundial for use in latitude 42°. The gnomon of an ordinary sundial (Fig. 69) is directed toward the pole, ..."

4. Potomac Landings by Paul Wilstach (1921)
"A sundial rose in the centre of the circle, and the outer circumference was edged with oak or chestnut or tulip trees, with an occasional larch, pine, ..."

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