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- A mechanism powered by a coiled spring and regulated by some form of escapement; the power is transmitted through toothed gearwheels and used to drive a mechanical clock, toy, or other device.
mechanism powered by coiled spring to drive mechanical device
clockwork (not comparable) (attributive)
- Driven by clockwork.
- Very smooth and regular.
- 1962 April, J. M. Tolson, “The Nederlands Railways today: III: Signalling and freight”, in Modern Railways, page 244:
- In their freight, as in their passenger operations, the N.S. present a picture of clockwork efficiency.