• IPA: /ˈaʊəɡlɑːs/

hourglass (plural hourglasses)

  1. A clock made of two glass vessels connected by a narrow passage through which sand flows.
    After each game turn, invert the hourglass to reset the time limit for the next player.
  2. (GUI) A pointer, often shaped like an hourglass, indicating that the computer is busy.
    • 2002, Maximum PC (Winter 2002, page 16)
      When I right click the desktop display to check Display Properties, it hangs and shows me only the hourglass instead of the display menu.
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