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# What is the Big hand and little hand on a clock?

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###### Asked in Roman Numerals

### Is the little hand the hour hand on a clock?

No. The little hand is the minute hand. The big hand is the hour
hand. The long hand is not the big hand, it is the little hand. The
short hand is not the little hand, it is the big hand. Grab a
dictionary and research the meaning of big, little, short, and
long. The shorter hand is the "BIG" hand because it identifies the
larger unit of time < hour >. The longer hand it the "LITTLE"
hand because it identifies the smaller unit of time <minute>.
If you have missed this part of the concept of measuring time then
you have been listeniing to a misinformed moron who just taught
school for the paycheck and did not understand what they were
doing.

###### Asked in Math and Arithmetic, Geometry, Roman Numerals

### Is the little hand on a clock the hour hand or minute hand?

The LITTLE hand is the minute hand. Little does not mean short,
it means thin. The longer hand is the LITTLE hand. The BIG hand is
the hour hand. Big does not mean long, it means fat, wider. The BIG
hand is the hour hand because it denotes the larger unit of time
measure. An hour is 60 times larger than a minute. So then, the
LITTLE hand denotes the smaller unit of time, a minute.
Somewhere along the way some not-too-bright primary school
teacher didn't get it right and passed it along incorrectly and
lots of people since then have totally missed the connection
between BIG=HOUR and LITTLE=MINUTE.

###### Asked in History, Politics & Society, Clocks and Watches

### What do you call a clock that has a minute hand and a hour hand?

It's an analog clock.
The BIG hand tells which hour you are in because an hour is the
bigger unit of time measure and the minute is the smaller unit. The
little hand tells what minute of the current hour you are in.
Granted, most analog clocks have one longer hand and one shorter
hand but they are correctly referred to as BIG for hour and LITTLE
for minute. Think about it, function over form. Don't be a sheep,
this is the original reasoning behind the size and shape of the
hands.

###### Asked in Math and Arithmetic

### What is the time on the clock when the big hand is on 5 and the little hand is on 3?

it is 03:25
No, that is backwards. Many people incorrectly refer to the hour
hand as the little hand (and the minute hand as the big hand). That
is absolutely 100% wrong. The historical designation of the hands
on a clock followed the unit of measure represented by each hand.
Since an hour is bigger than a minute the hand indicating the hour
of the day is the BIG hand. And since a minute is a smaller unit of
time the hand showing the minute of the hour is the LITTLE hand.
The original design of analog clocks recognized the difference
between an hour and a minute. The hour hand was always shorter and
wider (BIGGER) than the minute hand, which was longer and thnner
(LITTLE) Function as relates to form or form as relates to
function. BIG hand on 5 and LITTLE hand on 3 is 05:15 AM or PM,
also known as "zero five-fifteen hours" or "seventeen fifteen
hours" depending on AM or PM. The reversal of the BIG and LITTLE
meaning is widespread but easily cleared up by understanding their
origin relating to the amount of time each represents.

###### Asked in Math and Arithmetic

### If the little hand is on the 1 and the big hand is on the 6 what time is it?

1:30
Wrong. The "LITTLE" hand indicates the minute of the hour and
the"BIG" hand indicates the hour of the day (or at least half day -
AM/PM).
The minute hand is the LITTLE hand because it represents the
smaller unit of time when compared to an hour which is indicated by
the BIG hand. Granted, the longer hand is longer than the shorter
hand but it is was historically always thinner than the hour hand.
Thinner = LITTLE And the hour hand was always shorter but fatter
than the minute hand. Fatter = BIG
The reason they were originally called "BIG" and "LITTLE" was
based on the amount of time each represents. Hour is 60 times
bigger than minute. Hour is BIG and minute is LITTLE. Hour hand is
BIG HAND and minute hand is LITTLE HAND. End of story

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