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 intervalsb : a ratchet device (such as the spacing mechanism of a typewriter) that permits motion in one direction only in equal steps
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That's well on the way to the 23,000 or so biologists need to meet both wild salmon escapement into valley spawning streams and hatchery egg-taking goals.
The clock, with massive metal gears, a huge stone weight, and a precise, titanium escapement inside a protective quartz box, will go deep into the shaft.
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