from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small hourglass used for timing the boiling of eggs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small version of an hourglass used to time the boiling of an egg.
  • noun by extension A timer that can be set to sound an alarm after a certain amount of time; a kitchen timer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a sandglass that runs for three minutes; used to time the boiling of eggs


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