Definitions for clockworkˈklɒkˌwɜrk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clockwork(noun)

    any mechanism of geared wheels that is driven by a coiled spring; resembles the works of a mechanical clock


  1. clockwork(Noun)

    A mechanism powered by a coiled spring and regulated by some form of escapement; the power is transmitted through toothed gearwheels and used to drive a mechanical clock, toy, or other device.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clockwork(noun)

    the machinery of a clock, or machinery resembling that of a clock; machinery which produces regularity of movement


  1. Clockwork

    A clockwork is the inner workings of either a mechanical clock or a device that operates in a similar fashion. Specifically, the term refers to a mechanical device utilizing a complex series of gears. One of the earliest known examples of a clockwork mechanism is the Antikythera mechanism, a first century BC geared astrolabe device for calculating star positions, recovered from a Greek shipwreck. A clockwork motor is a clockwork device mechanically powered by a mainspring, a spiral torsion spring of metal ribbon. Power is stored in the mainspring manually by winding it up, turning a key attached to a ratchet which twists the mainspring tighter. Then the force of the mainspring turns the clockwork's gears, until the stored energy is used up. The adjective wind-up refers to mainspring-powered clockwork devices, which include clocks and watches, kitchen timers, music boxes, and wind-up toys.

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