Word of the Day


Pronunciation /ɪˈskeɪpm(ə)nt/ /ɛˈskeɪpm(ə)nt/
1 A mechanism in a clock or watch that alternately checks and releases the train by a fixed amount and transmits a periodic impulse from the spring or weight to the balance wheel or pendulum.
2 A mechanism in a typewriter that shifts the carriage a small fixed amount to the left after a key is pressed and released.
3 The part of the mechanism in a piano that enables the hammer to fall back as soon as it has struck the string.

Late 18th century from French échappement, from échapper ‘to escape’.


Edward escaped between the ticks of the tower’s clock. The clack of the huge instrument’s escapement hid all of his scurrying noise.

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