from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mechanism consisting in general of an escape wheel and an anchor, used especially in timepieces to control movement of the wheel and to provide periodic energy impulses to a pendulum or balance.
- n. A mechanism, as in a typewriter, that controls the lateral movement of the carriage.
- n. An escape.
- n. A means or way of escape.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The contrivance in a timepiece (winding wrist watch) which connects the train of wheel work with the pendulum or balance, giving to the latter the impulse by which it is kept in vibration; -- so called because it allows a tooth to escape from a pallet at each vibration.
- n. a mechanism found in devices such as a typewriter or printer which controls lateral motion of the carriage
- n. an escape or means of escape
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of escaping; escape.
- n. Way of escape; vent.
- n. The contrivance in a timepiece which connects the train of wheel work with the pendulum or balance, giving to the latter the impulse by which it is kept in vibration; -- so called because it allows a tooth to escape from a pallet at each vibration.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of escaping; escape.
- n. The general contrivance in a timepiece by which the pressure of the wheels (which move always in one direction) and the vibratory motion of the pendulum or balancewheel are accommodated the one to the other.
- n. In pianoforte-making, that part of the action which provides that the hammer, after striking the string, shall instantly recoil, whether or not the key is released.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. mechanical device that regulates movement
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The escapement is a conventional in-line Swiss lever type, but with all parts made from plastic, excepting the impulse pin.
The scientists also said that fishery management played a role in the low numbers of returning salmon - "escapement" - in 2007.
The escapement is the regulating organ of the watch, and at the heart of this new creation, the constant escapement is a blade of silicium, finer than a human hair.
Then I removed its escapement, which is the mechanism which controls its speed.
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Here a consensus on 'escapement' (the number of fish allowed to avoid capture and thus spawn) in combination with a participatory process of community involvement has been very successful at sustaining populations, and sharing the catch.
"escapement," or the freedom to get back to the ocean from the rivers, is considered vital to their survival in quantity.
The new model is equipped with the brands co-axial escapement invented by the late George Daniels, which, according to the company, delivers greater accuracy and needs fewer regular services.
Yet, the design doesn't make the escapement a feature.
The watch he bought had a built-in co-axial escapement invented by the late George Daniels.
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