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Vocabulary: time instruments
The TIME that is passing very often looks horribly long... or much too short!
To measure it without too much subjectivity, some varied instruments are available!
There are many of them! Have a pick!1) TIME INSTRUMENTS:
A sundial A grandfather clock
|by the clock|
|a grandfather clock|
|the chime [tchaim]|
|an alarm clock|
|an hour glass|
|a wrist watch|
|a digital/ quartz watch|
|a diver's watch|
|a fob watch|
- To time sth with a stopwatch: a watch with a hand that can be stopped or
started at any instant for precise timing, as in races.
A fob watch A stopwatch
|the dial/ the face|
|the hour hand|
|the minute hand|
the second hand/ The sweep hand
a liquid crystal display (An LCD)
|a cog (wheel)|
|a watch battery|
|a (watch) strap|
|a clockmaker/ watchmaker|
The needles of a clock
- To put the clock/ one's watch/ right.
- The clock is slow/ the clock is fast!
- It's five minutes slow/ fast.
- To wind up a watch.
- To ring: (alarm clock).
- To chime: (other clocks).
2) NIGHT and DAY:
|During the day|
|In the daytime|
|The morning/ This morning/ in the morning|
At noon/ at midday/ at 12 (o'clock)
At lunchtime/ at the lunch hour
|The afternoon/ This afternoon/ in the afternoon|
|Tonight/ in the evening|
|A night/ at night|
|During the night|
|Midnight/ at midnight|
The small hours...
- early in the morning
- late in the morning
- in the small hours/ in the early hour: very early in the morning
- on a fine spring morning/ one fine spring morning
- from morning till night
- early/ late in the evening
- late at night
- in the middle of the night
- it's getting dark
- it's pitch dark
- after dark
|At dawn/ at first light|
|Dawn is breaking|
|Sunrise/ at sunrise|
- the sun rises... // the sun sets...
|At dusk/ at twilight|
|Sunset/ at sunset|
Dawn (when the sun rises) Dusk (when the sun sets)
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