Definition of clockwork
1 : the inner workings of something
2 : the machinery (such as springs and a train of gears) that run a clock; also : a similar mechanism running a mechanical device (such as a toy)
3 : the precision, regularity, or absence of variation associated with a clock or clockwork a clockwork operation the planning went like clockwork
Examples of clockwork in a sentence
the clockwork inside a mechanical toy soldier
First Known Use of clockwork
CLOCKWORK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clockwork for English Language Learners
: the system of moving wheels inside something (such as a clock or an old-fashioned toy) that makes its parts move
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Definition of clockwork for Students
: machinery that makes the parts of a device move
: in a very regular or exact way He stops in every day like clockwork.
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