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sweep hand

noun, Horology
a hand, usually a second hand, centrally mounted with the minute and hour hands of a timepiece and reaching to the edge of the dial.
Origin of sweep hand
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sweep hand
  • If your meter doesn't have a flow indicator, you can use the sweep hand on the register to indicate water loss.
  • The sweep hand indicates that the meter is functioning.
  • The sweep hand simply records information to the one tenth decimal place.
  • Write down the reading on the meter and the position of the sweep hand.
  • Students are responsible for: a watch with a digital or sweep hand, navy uniform pants, white shoes and socks in good repair.
British Dictionary definitions for sweep hand

sweep hand

(horology) a long hand that registers seconds or fractions of seconds on the perimeter of the dial
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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