Clepsydra may refer to:

  • Clepsydra (literally "water thief"), the Greek word for water clock. Also, in ancient Greece, a device for drawing liquids from vats too large to pour, which utilized the principles of air pressure to transport the liquid from one container to another.
  • Clepsydra Geyser in the Lower Geyser Basin of Yellowstone
  • Clepsydra, a genus of protists

From John Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat: "Time is more complex near the sea than in any other place, for in addition to the circling of the sun and the turning of the seasons, the waves beat out the passage of time on the rocks and the tides rise and fall as a great clepsydra."

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  • Clepsydra — Clep sy*dra (?; 277), n. [L. from Gr. ?; ? to steal, conceal + ? water.] A water clock; a contrivance for measuring time by the graduated flow of a liquid, as of water, through a small aperture. See Illust. in {Appendix}. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clepsydra — Clepsydra, s. Klepsydra …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • clepsydra — [klep′si drə] n. pl. clepsydras or clepsydrae [klep′sidrē΄] [L < Gr klepsydra, water clock < kleptein, to steal (see KLEPTOMANIA) + hydōr,WATER] WATER CLOCK …   English World dictionary

  • CLEPSYDRA — I. CLEPSYDRA ab aquae furto dicta, hoc enim Graecis est κλέπτειν τὸ ὕδωρ (quod aquâ primitus hâc fini Veteres usi essent) quahtum ab Horologio hydraulico, cuius Ctesibius auctor fuit, teste Pliniô, l. 7. c. 37. differat, docet Vitruvius, l. 9. c …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Clepsydra — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Clepsydra est un groupe de rock progressif suisse. Clepsydra est un genre de Bacillariophyta. Voir aussi La Clepsydre est un ancien instrument de mesure… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • clepsydra — /klep si dreuh/, n., pl. clepsydras, clepsydrae / dree /. an ancient device for measuring time by the regulated flow of water or mercury through a small aperture. [1640 50; < L < Gk klepsýdra, equiv. to kleps (klep , s. of kléptein to steal,… …   Universalium

  • Clepsydra Geyser — Eruption …   Wikipedia

  • Clepsydra (Genre) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Clepsydra …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Clepsydra (Groupe) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Clepsydra. Sommaire 1 Historique 2 Composition 2.1 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Clepsydra (genus) — Clepsydra Scientific classification Kingdom: Chromalveolata Phylum: Heterokontophyta Class: Bacillariophyceae …   Wikipedia

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