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glass instrument for measuring time, usually consisting of two bulbs united by a narrow neck. One bulb is filled with fine sand that runs through the neck into the other bulb in an hour's time. The date of its invention is unknown, but it was in use in ancient times. Similar devices for marking shorter periods of time, e.g., three-minute sandglasses for timing the cooking of eggs, are still used occasionally.

What does it mean when you dream about an hourglass?

An hourglass represents the passing of time and the end of a cycle in one’s life or a project.


An instrument for measuring time, consisting of two somewhat funnel-shaped vessels joined at their narrow points by a thin, hollow neck; one hour is required for a given quantity of sand to fall from the upper to the lower vessel.


An icon that is commonly used on graphical interfaces to mean "wait until finished." When the hourglass icon appears, you cannot do anything within that part of the application until that task has completed and the hourglass goes away.

An hourglass is a centuries-old device for counting time. It consists of two glass chambers attached to each other via a tiny opening. Half filled with sand, when the hourglass is turned over, the sand falls from one chamber to the other. The amount of sand and size of chambers and opening are precisely measured so that when all the sand from one side falls to the other, a certain amount of time has passed. See hourglassing.
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While Sandglass spends much of the year on tour, the company returns to Vermont in the summer for a two-week training intensive, and in the fall for homegrown festivals they produce in alternating years.
Cleanly edited by Puppetry International editor Andrew Periale, Sandglass Theater from Thought to Image: 20 Years in Vermont tells the inspiring story of how Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass, founders and artistic directors of Sandglass Theater Company, arrived in Southern Vermont from Germany more than 20 years ago and, in 1996, transformed a renovated 60-seat barn in Putney into a puppetry theatre.
The year-older Sandglass earned herself a step up to Listed or Group level when quickening up well to beat Acts Of Grace by two and a half lengths in the second division of the fillies' maiden.
Difficult to choose between the impressive maiden winner Sandglass and Listed winner Princess Nada, who recorded identical times in their respective races.
Novellara has only just started working, so Epsom's a bit of a long-shot at this stage, while Sandglass would need to put her best foot forward to make the race.
Coral: 12 Alexandrova, Chenchikova, 14 Rumplestiltskin, 16 Emily Bronte, Scottish Stage, 20 Innocent Air, Nannina, Race For The Stars, 25 Bunood, Nasheej, Reunite, Royal Proposal, Sindirana, Under The Rainbow, 33 Sandglass.
The Jimmy Fortune-ridden Rampallion has the measure of fellow newcomers Sandglass (23) and Ruler's Gold (partially hidden) in the opening juvenile maiden
Also from the States will be the Sandglass Theater with One Way Street, culled from the theories and character of German Jewish literary critic Walter Benjamin.
s Sandglass Theater; San Francisco's ShadowLight Productions; and Vancouver, Wash.
On a New York City stage, the Sandglass Theater is performing as part of the International Festival of Puppet Theater.
In Not Everyone Can Be a Soldier, directed by Eric Bass, Vermont's Sandglass Theater uses this duality to wonderful effect in a story based on fiction by Castle Freeman Jr.
Sandglass Theater showed what puppetry does at its best.