clockwork definition

  • noun:
    • A mechanism of geared tires driven by a wound springtime, like in a mechanical time clock.
    • A mechanism powered by a coiled spring and regulated by some form of escapement; the power is sent through toothed gearwheels and regularly drive a mechanical time clock, model, or any other device.
    • The equipment of a clock, or equipment resembling that a-clock; equipment which creates regularity of action.
    • The machinery and moves of a-clock; any complex apparatus of rims making regularity or accuracy of movement.
    • Figuratively, any regulated system by which work is performed steadily and without confusion, as if by machinery.
    • any procedure of geared tires that is driven by a coiled springtime; resembles the works of a mechanical time clock
  • idiom:
    • like clockwork With machinelike regularity and precision; completely: The task proceeded like clockwork.
  • others:
    • Marked by machine-like regularity of procedure: as, a clockwork system; clockwork moves.

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