escapement

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escapement

Pronunciation /ɪˈskeɪpm(ə)nt/ /ɛˈskeɪpm(ə)nt/
noun
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.

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

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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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