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1 en abstrakt men mätbar grundstorhet som kan uppfattas såsom analog med de rumsliga dimensionerna och omfattar det förflutna, nuet och det tillkommande.
HIST.: sedan äldre fornsvensk tid; fornsv. tiþ 'tid; mässa; reningstid'; gemens. germ. ord, urspr. ev. 'avdelning; avsnitt'; jfr bittida, timme
This little time-piece dates from the period when blacksmiths were watch-makers, or at all events when watch-makers were blacksmiths. The works are all of iron; the case was made, probably, before glass was used for such instruments, and it is not unlikely that this watch is of as old a shape as even the Nuremberg eggs. A more ornamental time-piece, of perhaps a somewhat later date, is the curious little instrument which is portrayed in our next illustration; the works of which are also of iron. It possesses the advantage of serving either as a clock or a watch, or as both, being of a portable size, and yet when set on a stand would serve as a pretty ornament to a drawing-room table. The bell at the top is so arranged that when the hand touches a trigger the hour is struck upon it, but the bell itself may be detached without