how to pronounce hourglass


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the above transcription of hourglass is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

hourglass is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of hourglass in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… I very much got an hourglass figure I …”

meanings of hourglass


  1. A clock made of two glass vessels connected by a narrow passage through which sand flows.
  2. A pointer, often shaped like an hourglass, indicating that the computer is busy.

hourglass frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word hourglass occurs in english on average 0.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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