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Word of the day: Horology



Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, early 19th century

1.The study and measurement of time.

2.The art of making clocks and watches.

Examples of horology in a sentence

"Modern technology, such as the invention of an atomic clock, has increased the precision of horology."

"The Victorian museum had an entire exhibit dedicated to the craft of horology."

About Horology

This word originates from a combination of the Greek word "hōra" (which means "time") and the suffix "-logy" ("a subject of study or interest").

Did you Know?

Horology, the art of making clocks and watches, is a skilled process. All components of the clock must work together in harmony to deliver the correct time, but there is an artistic element as well. Cuckoo clocks, for example, include mechanisms for sounds and decorations to pop out and announce a new hour. The distinctive "cuckoo" sound is produced by "gedackt" pipes, a type of stop in organ pipes.

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