I'm not sure if such word exists, but English is not my native language. The word I'm looking for describes the time when the clock hands overlap. In my language there is such a word, it is "cager", so the sentence

It is now cager.


It is now [the time when clock hands are overlapped].

This word is considered slang in my language, and I'm wondering if English has a similar word.

  • English is my native language and I don't know such a word. I'd love to know what language "cager" is however. Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 2:55
  • It is Macedonian, written as „цагер“. I just figured it may have confused you as word which comes from "cage". "Cager" is just written in latin letters. Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 3:30
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    – Brendon
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 5:03
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    I do wonder what's the purpose of this word - can you explain? Why does this exist in Macedonian do you think?
    – Julia
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 4:21
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    The superposition of clock hands occurs eleven times every twelve hours: at 1 ¹⁄₁₁ o’clock, 2 ²⁄₁₁, 3 ³⁄₁₁, 4 ⁴⁄₁₁, 5 ⁵⁄₁₁, 6 ⁶⁄₁₁, 7 ⁷⁄₁₁, 8 ⁸⁄₁₁, 9 ⁹⁄₁₁, 10 ¹⁰⁄₁₁, and 11 ¹¹⁄₁₁ (the last of course being 12 o’clock). If I were coining a word for this in English, I would probably use elevenses: The time is now ten elevenses.
    – MetaEd
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 16:02

4 Answers 4


When the clock hands overlap, they are said to be superimposed.

Asking someone calculate exactly when the clock hands would be superimposed -- the times of superposition -- was/is apparently used as an interview question.

  • Just be careful not to talk to any physicists. Telling them that their clock hands are in superposition might get them excited.
    – Polynomial
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 6:46
  • Superimposed / superposition do not necessarily relate to the clock's hands (alone).
    – Kris
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 9:39
  • OP: "Is there a single word when the clock hands meet?" Answer: "Yes, they are superimposed." Read the links. You understand that answers on this site are in response to the specific questions posed, yes?
    – Gnawme
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 17:11
  • Superimposed by itself doesn't refer to the clock hands overlapping, but anything that overlaps. Therefore, it isn't exactly what "цагер" means. The correct answer would be that there is no such word in English, but since you are concerned with your answer being accepted, rather that what I feel answers my question better, here you are the rep. Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 19:08
  • Actually, see my other comment, which noted that there is no equivalent slang term in English. If that's the answer you were looking for, then that's the answer you should accept.
    – Gnawme
    Commented Dec 7, 2011 at 19:14

I don't know of an English word for "when the clock hands meet". Some phrases in use, in increasing order of Google freqency, are "clock hands overlap", "clock hands coincide", and "clock hands meet", none of which register at all in ngrams, even though the clockless phrases do.


When two planets appear in the same place at the same time to the observer, the word is "conjunction"

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    And it's all very well talking about planets, but the question was about clock hands. Are clock hands ever in conjunction?
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Apr 19 at 7:30

So, I know that this post is over a decade old, but the hands of a clock are essentially two rays meeting at a single point in space, there by forming an angle. Therefore, I’d suggest the place where they meet is a “vertex.”

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    Hello, Andrew. ELU deals with established expressions / usages. Not the trivial, but not the abstruse either. Commented Apr 18 at 15:15
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    There's a common vertex where the clock hands meet whatever the time is. The particular case of interest is when the angle is zero. We could talk about the hands being coincident or collinear, but that would be almost certainly in the "too abstruse" part of the spectrum.
    – user888379
    Commented Apr 18 at 15:55

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