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clock·work

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

clockwork

(ˈklɒkˌwɜːk)
n
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

clock•work

(ˈklɒkˌwɜrk)

n.
1. the mechanism of a clock.
2. any mechanism similar to that of a clock.
Idioms:
like clockwork, with perfect regularity or precision.
[1620–30]
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
Translations
آلة تُشْبِه السّاعَه
hodinový stroj
mekanisk legetøj
klukkuverk
kurgulu düzeneksaat düzeneği

clockwork

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

clockwork

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

clockwork

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

clock

(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.
verb
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 ?
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.
In the opinion of Peter Hovenden, however, and that order of sagacious understandings who think that life should be regulated, like clockwork, with leaden weights, the alteration was entirely for the better.
The night having arrived, however, the lady Scheherazade not only put the finishing stroke to the black cat and the rat (the rat was blue) but before she well knew what she was about, found herself deep in the intricacies of a narration, having reference (if I am not altogether mistaken) to a pink horse (with green wings) that went, in a violent manner, by clockwork, and was wound up with an indigo key.
Leave go of my guests, and I'll let up on the fancy clockwork.
Herons came, with a great bold noise as of opening doors and shutters, out of the boughs of a plantation which they frequented at the side of the mead; or, if already on the spot, hardily maintained their standing in the water as the pair walked by, watching them by moving their heads round in a slow, horizontal, passionless wheel, like the turn of puppets by clockwork.