What does Clockwork mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clockworknoun

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


  1. clockworknoun

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Clockworknoun

    Movements by weights or springs, like those of a clock.

    Etymology: clock and work.

    So if unprejudic’d you scan
    The goings of this clockwork, man;
    You find a hundred movements made
    By fine devices in his head:
    But ’tis the stomach’s solid stroke,
    That tells its being, what’s a clock. Matthew Prior.

    Within this hollow was Vulcan’s shop, full of fire and clockwork. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 103.

    You look like a puppet moved by clockwork. Arbuthnot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clockworknoun

    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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Clockwork in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Clockwork in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Clockwork in a Sentence

  1. Terri Ann Lowenthal:

    This close to the implementation of the census, it's important that all of the gears are running like clockwork.

  2. John Bordi:

    The relative velocity between spacecraft and moon will be 14.7 miles per second (23.6 kilometers per second), so we are screaming by pretty fast, all steps have to go like clockwork to successfully acquire our planned data, because soon after the flyby is complete, the spacecraft needs to be reoriented for our upcoming close approach of Jupiter, which happens only 7 ½ hours later.

  3. Cade Courtley:

    He said, ‘Hey, we're starting this new TV show that you'd be the perfect host for about surviving disaster situations – what do you think?’ all of a sudden – like clockwork, there's a boom that went off in the background and he's like, 'What the hell is that?' I go, 'That was an IED, so if you guys are serious, call my lawyer, let's do a deal, I'll come on back and we'll give this a try.' So I spent the next four or five years doing several different TV show productions and things like that and it was fun.

  4. Manager AJ Hinch:

    Just breaking through with the big swing for Jose doesnt surprise me, its like clockwork, every ALDS it seems like he busts out with a really good game.

  5. Tony Visconti:

    He also took some words from A Clockwork Orange, the lyrics are wacky, but a lot of British people, especially Londoners, will get every word.

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