One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A toothed wheel in the escapement of a watch or clock.
- ‘The escape wheel and pallets are responsible for the ticking sound of a clock.’
- ‘These items are then brightened up by hand and any rust removed from steelwork, paying particular attention to the escape wheel for bent or short teeth.’
escape wheel/əˈskāp (h)wēl/
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