escape wheel


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escape wheel

n.
The rotating notched wheel periodically engaged and disengaged by the anchor in an escapement.

escape wheel

n
(Horology) horology a toothed wheel that engages intermittently with a balance wheel or pendulum, causing the mechanism to oscillate and thereby moving the hands of a clock or watch. Also called: scapewheel
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.escape wheel - gear that engages a rocking leverescape wheel - gear that engages a rocking lever  
escapement - mechanical device that regulates movement
cogwheel, gear, gear wheel, geared wheel - a toothed wheel that engages another toothed mechanism in order to change the speed or direction of transmitted motion
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In the verge, the escape wheel, the one at the top of the movement, sits at right angles, horizontally to the rest.
The cage of the tourbillon containing the escape wheel, anchor, and balance wheel rotates in 40 seconds.
The white-gold edition, out later this year, showcases the unusual escapement and features a buckling silicon blade-less than half the width of a human hair-in place of a standard escape wheel.