clocks

English translation: clocks

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English term or phrase:clocks
English translation:clocks
Entered by: B D Finch

14:51 Mar 16, 2018
English to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Physics / biography
English term or phrase: clocks
Hi,
I have a doubt about how to interpret “clocks” in the following passage, for which I already asked your help some time ago for a different, but in a sense, connected problem (abandoned machines and motors…)
Do you think it would be too "daring” to interpret “clocks” as “odometers" given the context?
The passage refers to the early twenties in America.
Thank you very much for your help!
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From age four, Feynman’s parents essentially locked him out of the house, behind which was a junkyard. The young Feynman would tinker with abandoned machines and motors, and eventually began to fix *** clocks ***.
haribert
Local time: 02:50
clocks
Explanation:
You wouldn't be "daring" to interpret this as meaning "odometers", just wrong! Cars do have clocks. See the American video below about how to repair classic car clocks.

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Note added at 4 hrs (2018-03-16 19:21:31 GMT)
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From the text posted, it isn't even clear whether the clocks are from cars and though the "motors" in "abandoned machines and motors" are probably cars, they might be motors from other machinery. Tinkering with "abandoned machines and motors" in the junkyard might simply have led on to an interest in fixing clocks that had nothing directly to do with the junkyard.

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Note added at 4 hrs (2018-03-16 19:35:06 GMT)
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The Asker's text is about the physicist, Richard Feynman.

"https://phys.org › Physics › Quantum Physics
Oct 18, 2013 - (Phys.org) —Amongst the late Richard Feynman's many prolific and profound contributions to quantum mechanics, the eponymous Feynman clock is perhaps one of the more innovative. Conceived as a solution to the problem of ..."

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Note added at 4 hrs (2018-03-16 19:40:34 GMT)
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http://physicsdatabase.com/2014/07/20/10-fun-facts-you-proba...
"When the young Richard Feynman got bored in the remote New Mexico desert, where he was working on the Manhattan project, he found another hobby — cracking safes. Eventually he became so good, he could open nearly every cabinet containing secret documents."

So, even if Daryo can't fix a clock, Feynman probably could.
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B D Finch
France
Local time: 02:50
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Thank you so much, Ms Finch, for your help and your links!
I've learned a lot with this question: I didn't know there were so many differences between British and American English... maybe a little, tiny doubt still remains, because "odometers" are sometimes associated with Feynamn's name - https://www.google.it/search?q=feynman+%2B+odometers&ei=6VqxWrakLcL_UOLLtZgC&start=10&sa=N&biw=875&bih=408 - but, considering my limited context, I agree with you that it's safer to interpret it as "clocks".
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clocks


Explanation:
You wouldn't be "daring" to interpret this as meaning "odometers", just wrong! Cars do have clocks. See the American video below about how to repair classic car clocks.

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Note added at 4 hrs (2018-03-16 19:21:31 GMT)
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From the text posted, it isn't even clear whether the clocks are from cars and though the "motors" in "abandoned machines and motors" are probably cars, they might be motors from other machinery. Tinkering with "abandoned machines and motors" in the junkyard might simply have led on to an interest in fixing clocks that had nothing directly to do with the junkyard.

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Note added at 4 hrs (2018-03-16 19:35:06 GMT)
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The Asker's text is about the physicist, Richard Feynman.

"https://phys.org › Physics › Quantum Physics
Oct 18, 2013 - (Phys.org) —Amongst the late Richard Feynman's many prolific and profound contributions to quantum mechanics, the eponymous Feynman clock is perhaps one of the more innovative. Conceived as a solution to the problem of ..."

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Note added at 4 hrs (2018-03-16 19:40:34 GMT)
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http://physicsdatabase.com/2014/07/20/10-fun-facts-you-proba...
"When the young Richard Feynman got bored in the remote New Mexico desert, where he was working on the Manhattan project, he found another hobby — cracking safes. Eventually he became so good, he could open nearly every cabinet containing secret documents."

So, even if Daryo can't fix a clock, Feynman probably could.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyHFaNxmn3g
B D Finch
France
Local time: 02:50
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Thank you so much, Ms Finch, for your help and your links!
I've learned a lot with this question: I didn't know there were so many differences between British and American English... maybe a little, tiny doubt still remains, because "odometers" are sometimes associated with Feynamn's name - https://www.google.it/search?q=feynman+%2B+odometers&ei=6VqxWrakLcL_UOLLtZgC&start=10&sa=N&biw=875&bih=408 - but, considering my limited context, I agree with you that it's safer to interpret it as "clocks".
Notes to answerer
Asker: Hi, but maybe I'm not the only one to be wrong.... I've found this in Merriam Websters https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clock (but, of course, dictionaries can be wrong, as well"

Asker: clock: 2 : a registering device usually with a dial; specifically : odometer


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  philgoddard
3 mins
  -> Thanks Phil

agree  Jack Doughty
49 mins
  -> Thanks Jack

agree  jccantrell: As there would not be much of a market for repaired odometers in the USA, I vote with all here, sometimes a clock is just a clock.
2 hrs
  -> Thanks. See the note I've just added.

neutral  Daryo: clocks are not easy to dismantle, even more difficult to fix (been there, haven't got the T-shirt) // could be, but CL5 sounds too optimistic // I can still fix computers and networks ...more useful.
3 hrs
  -> See the note I've just added above. I rarely use CL5, but in this case I think it would be dangerous to interpret this as anything other than clocks. Also, see my added note above.

agree  Tony M: I agree; especially back then, clocks were just the sort of thing a kid might take apart, hoping to fix; I've done it myself, with greater or lesser success, from age about 6; I think your C/L of 5 is entirely justified.
6 hrs
  -> Thanks Tony. There used to be an old man down our road who sat in his shop window fixing clocks. As Feynman was a Nobel prize-winning physicist, fixing timepieces seems more likely than clocking worthless, junkyard motor vehicles.

agree  Tina Vonhof: You can take a leap from understanding how a clock works to understanding a whole lot of other things...
1 day 46 mins
  -> Thanks Tina. Exactly.
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