Definition of escapement noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪˈskeɪpmənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈskeɪpmənt//
[usually singular]
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a piece of machinery in a clock or watch that transfers movement from the spring or weight to a wheel or pendulum which is connected to the hands Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French échappement, from échapper ‘to escape’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: escapement