sundial

Part of speech: noun

A device that measures time by the movement of a shadow.

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Usage examples "sundial":

  1. The sunlit garden, with its tall dreaming lilies against the trellised vines upon the wall, the cedars and the grassy space about the sundial, have that distinguished stillness, that definite, palpable and almost outlined emptiness which is so to speak your negative presence. - "The Passionate Friends", Herbert George Wells.
  2. Where is the sundial, mamma? - "Dame Care", Hermann Sudermann.
  3. So it was not because her mind shrank from these memories of her married life that it conjured back again the scent of the honeysuckles on the house- porch that looked on the garden with the sundial on the wall above it, its welcome to that of the June roses; its dissension with the flavour of the damp weeds that clung to the time- worn timbers of the water- wheel, or that of the grinding flour when the wind blew from the mill, and carried with it from the ventilators some of the cloud that could not help forward the whitening of the roof. - "When Ghost Meets Ghost", William Frend De Morgan.