Meaning of escapement

es•cape•ment

Pronunciation: (i-skāp'munt), [key]
— n.
  1. the portion of a watch or clock that measures beats and controls the speed of the going train. Cf. anchor escapement, deadbeat (def. 1),
  2. a mechanism for regulating the motion of a typewriter carriage, consisting of pawls and a toothed wheel or rack.
  3. a mechanism in a piano that causes a hammer to fall back into rest position immediately after striking a string.
  4. an act of escaping.
  5. a way of escape; outlet.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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