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
Recent Examples of clockwork from the Web
Clocks and watches were prototypical objects of the modern age, measuring time and production and serving as models for Europe’s clockwork armies.
Doubling down on high-SPF sunscreen (and reapplying it like clockwork) is the gold-standard approach, but even the vigilant wind up with the occasional sunburn.
With the benefit of hindsight, people in the far-term future now view it as obvious that cities are not clockwork, but living organisms following the rules of biology.
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First Known Use of clockwork
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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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