escapement
noun Date: 1779 1. a. a device in a timepiece which controls the motion of the train of wheelwork and through which the energy of the power source is delivered to the pendulum or balance by means of impulses that permit a tooth to escape from a pallet at regular intervals b. a ratchet device (as the spacing mechanism of a typewriter) that permits motion in one direction only in equal steps 2. a. the act of escaping b. a way of escape ; vent

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • escapement — [e skāp′mənt, iskāp′mənt] n. [ ESCAPE + MENT, after Fr échappement] 1. Rare the action of escaping or a means of escape 2. the part in a mechanical clock or watch that controls the speed and regularity of the balance wheel or pendulum, and… …   English World dictionary

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  • escapement — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The act or an instance of escaping, as from confinement or difficulty: break, breakout, decampment, escape, flight, getaway. Slang: lam. See FREE …   English dictionary for students

  • escapement —    The spacing along the line of typewriting, that is, the basic letterspacing; also known as pitch …   Forensic science glossary

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