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Definitions for escapement
ɪˈskeɪp məntes·cape·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. escapementnoun

    mechanical device that regulates movement

Wiktionary

  1. escapementnoun

    The contrivance in a timepiece (winding wrist watch) which connects the train of wheel work with the pendulum or balance, giving to the latter the impulse by which it is kept in vibration; -- so called because it allows a tooth to escape from a pallet at each vibration.

  2. escapementnoun

    a mechanism found in devices such as a typewriter or printer which controls lateral motion of the carriage

  3. escapementnoun

    an escape or means of escape

Wikipedia

  1. Escapement

    An escapement is a mechanical linkage in mechanical watches and clocks that gives impulses to the timekeeping element and periodically releases the gear train to move forward, advancing the clock's hands. The impulse action transfers energy to the clock's timekeeping element (usually a pendulum or balance wheel) to replace the energy lost to friction during its cycle and keep the timekeeper oscillating. The escapement is driven by force from a coiled spring or a suspended weight, transmitted through the timepiece's gear train. Each swing of the pendulum or balance wheel releases a tooth of the escapement's escape wheel, allowing the clock's gear train to advance or "escape" by a fixed amount. This regular periodic advancement moves the clock's hands forward at a steady rate. At the same time, the tooth gives the timekeeping element a push, before another tooth catches on the escapement's pallet, returning the escapement to its "locked" state. The sudden stopping of the escapement's tooth is what generates the characteristic "ticking" sound heard in operating mechanical clocks and watches. The first mechanical escapement, the verge escapement, was invented in medieval Europe during the 13th century, and was the crucial innovation which led to the development of the mechanical clock. The design of the escapement has a large effect on a timepiece's accuracy, and improvements in escapement design drove improvements in time measurement during the era of mechanical timekeeping from the 13th through the 19th century. Escapements are also used in other mechanisms besides timepieces. Manual typewriters used escapements to step the carriage as each letter (or space) was typed. Historically, a liquid-driven escapement was used for a washstand design in ancient Greece and the Hellenistic world, particularly Ptolemaic Egypt, while liquid-driven escapements were applied to clockworks beginning in Tang dynasty China and culminating during the Song dynasty.

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  1. escapement

    Escapement is a mechanical device in timekeeping instruments such as clocks and watches that controls and transfers the energy, converting oscillations into a series of discrete movements. It allows the gears of a timepiece to 'escape' at a precise moment, causing the counting mechanism to move forward accurately, maintaining the rhythm. Additionally, in industrial context, it also refers to a device that regulates the positioning and release of items in a production process.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Escapementnoun

    the act of escaping; escape

  2. Escapementnoun

    way of escape; vent

  3. Escapementnoun

    the contrivance in a timepiece which connects the train of wheel work with the pendulum or balance, giving to the latter the impulse by which it is kept in vibration; -- so called because it allows a tooth to escape from a pallet at each vibration

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. chappement. See Escape.]

Wikidata

  1. Escapement

    An escapement is a device in mechanical watches and clocks that transfers energy to the timekeeping element and allows the number of its oscillations to be counted. The impulse action transfers energy to the clock's timekeeping element to replace the energy lost to friction during its cycle, to keep the timekeeper oscillating. The escapement is driven by force from a coiled spring or a suspended weight, transmitted through the timepiece's gear train. The amount of stored energy, energy loss and efficiency of transfer to the timekeeping element determines the time a clock will run after it has been wound. The escapement releases the tooth of a gear, which therefore changes from a "locked" state to a "drive" state until the opposite arm strikes another tooth on the gear, which locks the gear again. A clock's tick is the sound of the gear train stopping as the escapement locks. The gear train is accelerated and decelerated with each tick of the clock. This locking action of the escapement allows each cycle of the timekeeping element to be counted. During each cycle the escapement permits a gear train to advance or escape slightly. The periodic advancement results in moving the timepiece's hands forward at a steady rate. This starting and stopping accounts for most of the energy usage from the spring or weight when a clock is in good working order.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of escapement in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of escapement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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