clockwork

noun clock·work \ -ˌwərk \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

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

  1. the clockwork inside a mechanical toy soldier

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First Known Use of clockwork

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CLOCKWORK Defined for English Language Learners

clockwork

noun

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


CLOCKWORK Defined for Kids

clockwork

noun clock·work \ ˈkläk-ˌwərk \

Definition of clockwork for Students

: machinery that makes the parts of a device move
like clockwork
: in a very regular or exact way
  • He stops in every day like clockwork.


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