es·​cape·​ment i-ˈskāp-mənt How to pronounce escapement (audio)
: a device in a timepiece which controls the motion of the train of wheelwork and through which the energy of the power source is delivered to the pendulum or balance by means of impulses that permit a tooth to escape from a pallet at regular intervals
: a ratchet device (such as the spacing mechanism of a typewriter) that permits motion in one direction only in equal steps
: the act of escaping
: a way of escape : vent

Illustration of escapement

Illustration of escapement
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Examples of escapement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Omega has truly sorted out its Speedmaster bracelets, and the Co-Axial escapement inside the caliber 3861 movement is among the many high-tech features on view through the crystal caseback. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 16 May 2024 Separate gear trains and barrels run into a single escapement (in this case, the toubillon). Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 15 Apr. 2024 Of course, the Millennium also features the famed watchmaker’s patented invention: the co-axial escapement. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 9 Dec. 2023 The tourbillon houses the balance wheel, balance spring, and escapement in a rotating cage, setting the entire assembly in perpetual motion and effectively canceling the pull of gravity. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 See all Example Sentences for escapement 

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Word History

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of escapement was in 1779

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“Escapement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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