Hourglass – meaning of the word and example

A glass container filled with sand that takes one hour to move from an upper to a lower part through a narrow opening in the middle, used especially in the past to measure time. (Cambridge Dictionary)

An hourglass is a device that was used to measure the passing of an hour. It has two round glass sections linked by a narrow channel, and contains sand which takes an hour to flow from the top section into the lower one. (Collins Dictionary)

Example

Hourglass. Longman

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