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A mechanism of geared wheels driven by a wound spring, as in a mechanical clock.
like clockwork
With machinelike regularity and precision; perfectly: The project proceeded like clockwork.


1. (Horology) the mechanism of a clock
2. (Horology) any similar mechanism, as in a wind-up toy
3. like clockwork with complete regularity and precision



1. the mechanism of a clock.
2. any mechanism similar to that of a clock.
like clockwork, with perfect regularity or precision.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clockwork - any mechanism of geared wheels that is driven by a coiled springclockwork - any mechanism of geared wheels that is driven by a coiled spring; resembles the works of a mechanical clock
mainspring - the most important spring in a mechanical device (especially a clock or watch); as it uncoils it drives the mechanism
mechanism - device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
آلة تُشْبِه السّاعَه
hodinový stroj
mekanisk legetøj
kurgulu düzeneksaat düzeneği


A. N to go like clockworkfuncionar como un reloj
B. CPD [toy] → de cuerda
clockwork train Ntren m de cuerda


to go like clockwork → marcher comme sur des roulettes
Everything went like clockwork → Tout a marché comme sur des roulettes.
adj [toy, train] → mécanique


1. n to go like clockwork (fig) → funzionare alla perfezione
2. adj (toy, train) → a molla


(klok) noun
1. an instrument for measuring time, but not worn on the wrist like a watch. We have five clocks in our house; an alarm clock (= a clock with a ringing device for waking one up in the morning).
2. an instrument for measuring speed of a vehicle or distance travelled by a vehicle. My car has 120,000 miles on the clock.
to register (a time) on a stopwatch etc.
ˈclockwise adverb
in the direction of the movement of the hands of a clock. The children moved clockwise round the room, then anticlockwise.
ˈclockwork noun
machinery similar to that of a clock. a toy which works by clockwork.
clock in/out/on/off
to register or record time of arriving at or leaving work.
clock up
to reach a total of. I've clocked up eight thousand miles this year in my car.
like clockwork
very smoothly and without faults. Everything went like clockwork.
round the clock
the whole day and the whole night. to work round the clock.
References in classic literature ?
Good clockworks are they: only be careful to wind them up properly
They would get new pacemakers and pay them more; they would drive the men on with new machinery--it was said that in the hog-killing rooms the speed at which the hogs moved was determined by clockwork, and that it was increased a little every day.
I believe she was happy in her way: this routine sufficed for her; and nothing annoyed her so much as the occurrence of any incident which forced her to vary its clockwork regularity.
Then I once more rebounded heavenwards, at the vision of the eager dreamy lad whose question had set going all this odd clockwork of association.
they all said, and the man who had brought the clockwork bird received on the spot the title of
In spite of all that has happened since, I still remember that vigil very distinctly: the black and silent observatory, the shadowed lantern throwing a feeble glow upon the floor in the corner, the steady ticking of the clockwork of the tele- scope, the little slit in the roof--an oblong profundity with the stardust streaked across it.
There seemed nothing else to be expected but that, the next moment, he would fetch his great club down, slam bang, and smash the vessel into a thousand pieces, without heeding how many innocent people he might destroy; for there is seldom any mercy in a giant, you know, and quite as little in a piece of brass clockwork.
He goes as pat to the music as if he was made o' clockwork.
Each schooner in sight seemed to be pulling her dories towards her by invisible strings, and the little black figures in the tiny boats pulled like clockwork toys.