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Dial, 1) an instrument for measuring time by the shadow of the sun: Sonn. 77, 2. Sonn. 77, 2 Err. V, 118. H4A I, 2, 9. H5 I, 2, 210. H6C II, 5, 24. Oth. III, 4, 175.
2) clock, watch: “as those bars which stop the hourly d., who with a lingering stay his course doth let, till every minute pays the hour his debt,” Lucr. 327. “he drew a d. from his poke,” As II, 7, 20. As II, 7, 20 “then my d. goes not true,” All's II, 5, 6. “whereto my finger, like a --'s point, is pointing still,” R2 V, 5, 53. “if life did ride upon a --'s point, still ending at the arrival of an hour,” H4A V, 2, 84. “the bawdy hand of the d. is now upon the prick of noon,” Rom. II, 4, 119 (but cf. Dial-hand).
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