es·​cape·​ment | \ i-ˈskāp-mənt How to pronounce escapement (audio) \

Definition of escapement

1a : 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
b : a ratchet device (such as the spacing mechanism of a typewriter) that permits motion in one direction only in equal steps
2a : the act of escaping
b : a way of escape : vent

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escapement 1a

Examples of escapement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just to be sure, Panerai adds an Incabloc anti-shock device, protecting the escapement from jolts. Carol Besler, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 While the highlight of this watch is the patented constant escapement tourbillon at 6 o’clock, which took home the Tourbillon Watch Prize at the GPHG (or Oscar’s of watchmaking) in 2015, the dial should not be overlooked. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 30 Aug. 2021 With only nine examples made, the piece is known as the first wristwatch to incorporate a double escapement. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 26 Aug. 2021 Both rivers are ending their seasons significantly greater than the upper end of their escapement goals. Elizabeth Earl, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Aug. 2021 All escapement goals were met to propagate strong future runs. Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2021 The Armillary double-axis tourbillon escapement was originally created for the Ref. Carol Besler, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 After just a few paltry catches, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game closed the fishery, hoping to boost escapement. Elizabeth Earl, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2020 The design is both ultra-contemporary and high-tech, with its front-and-center escapement perched on top of the dial next to an hour-and-minute dial tilted at 50 degrees. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 8 July 2021

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First Known Use of escapement

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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22 Sep 2021

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“Escapement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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