noun \-ˌwərk\

: the system of moving wheels inside something (such as a clock or an old-fashioned toy) that makes its parts move

Full Definition of CLOCKWORK

:  the inner workings of something
:  the machinery (as springs and a train of gears) that run a clock; also :  a similar mechanism running a mechanical device (as a toy)
:  the precision, regularity, or absence of variation associated with a clock or clockwork <a clockwork operation> <the planning went like clockwork>

Examples of CLOCKWORK

  1. the clockwork inside a mechanical toy soldier

First Known Use of CLOCKWORK



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