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A form of escapement in clocks and watches in which the teeth of the crown wheel or balance wheel act on the pallets by recoil.
- ‘Beginning his experiments around 1658 he had made two significant steps by 1660, namely the use of a balance controlled by a spiral spring and an improved escapement called the anchor escapement.’
- ‘Many early lantern clocks were converted to short pendulum verge escapement later in the 17th Century, and were further converted to long pendulum anchor escapement at a later date.’
- ‘But by the middle of the seventeenth century, pendulum clocks with an anchor escapement were being manufactured that were accurate to within ten seconds per day.’
- ‘In another decade, the anchor escapement was perfected by William Clement.’
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