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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  clocks 
  n  :  European  weed  naturalized  in  southwestern  United  States  and 
  Mexico  having  reddish  decumbent  stems  with  small  fernlike 
  leaves  and  small  deep  reddish-lavender  flowers  followed 
  by  slender  pinlike  fruits  that  stick  straight  up  often 
  grown  for  forage  [syn:  {redstem  storksbill},  {alfilaria}, 
  {alfileria},  {filaree},  {filaria},  {pin  grass},  {pin 
  clover},  {Erodium  cicutarium}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  clocks  n.  Processor  logic  cycles,  so  called  because  each 
  generally  corresponds  to  one  clock  pulse  in  the  processor's  timing. 
  The  relative  execution  times  of  instructions  on  a  machine  are  usually 
  discussed  in  clocks  rather  than  absolute  fractions  of  a  second  one 
  good  reason  for  this  is  that  clock  speeds  for  various  models  of  the 
  machine  may  increase  as  technology  improves,  and  it  is  usually  the 
  relative  times  one  is  interested  in  when  discussing  the  instruction  set 
  Compare  {cycle},  {jiffy}. 
 
 




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