[klep-si-druh] /ˈklɛp sɪ drə/
noun, plural clepsydras, clepsydrae
[klep-si-dree] /ˈklɛp sɪˌdri/ (Show IPA)
an ancient device for measuring time by the regulated flow of water or mercury through a small aperture.
noun (pl) -dras, -drae (-ˌdriː)
an ancient device for measuring time by the flow of water or mercury through a small aperture Also called water clock
“ancient Greek water clock,” 1640s, from Latinized form of Greek klepsydra, from stem of kleptein “to steal, to hide” (see kleptomania) + hydor “water” (see water (n.1)).
[klept] /klɛpt/ verb 1. a simple past tense and past participle of . [kleep] /klip/ verb (used with object), cleped or clept (also ycleped or yclept ) cleping. Archaic. 1. to call; name (now chiefly in the past participle as ycleped or yclept). /kliːp/ verb clepes, cleping, cleped (kliːpt; klɛpt), clept, ycleped, yclept 1. (transitive) […]
[klep-toh-bahy-oh-sis] /ˌklɛp toʊ baɪˈoʊ sɪs/ noun, plural cleptobioses [klep-toh-bahy-oh-seez] /ˌklɛp toʊ baɪˈoʊ siz/ (Show IPA) 1. an ecological relationship in which members of one species, as of ants, steal food from another.
/ˌklɛpˈtɒkrəsɪ/ noun (pl) -cies 1. a variant spelling of kleptocracy
[klep-tuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh] /ˌklɛp təˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə/ noun, Psychology. 1. . [klep-tuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh] /ˌklɛp təˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə/ noun, Psychology. 1. an irresistible impulse to steal, stemming from emotional disturbance rather than economic need. /ˌklɛptəʊˈmeɪnɪə; -ˈmeɪnjə/ noun 1. a variant spelling of kleptomania /ˌklɛptəʊˈmeɪnɪə/ noun 1. (psychol) a strong impulse to steal, esp […]