clockwork

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clockwork

[′kläk‚wərk]
(horology)
A timing mechanism.
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A wire ran from the clockwork to one of the poles of the battery, and from the other pole through the partition into the other compartment, a second wire returning directly to the clockwork.
In the bottom of the box, beside the clockwork, lay a key, and this Paulvitch now withdrew and fitted to the winding stem.
Besides, on the stage, the programme runs like clockwork.
He wanted the clockwork man to open himself, so that he might see the wheels go round; but that was a thing Tik-tok could not do.
Oh, I don't know much about it, it's some clockwork invention for doing all the housework by machinery.
Some of his own holdings were imperilled, and the man was working like some high-geared, delicate, strong machine--strung to full tension, going at full speed, accurate, never hesitating, with the proper word and decision and act ready and prompt as clockwork.
And so it went, with the monotony of clockwork, fifteen seconds to the man, four men to the minute, the mugs bobbing up and down in turn like marionettes.
Morning, noon, and night, morning, noon, and night, each recurring with its accompanying monotony, always the same reluctant return of the same sequences of machinery, like a dragging piece of clockwork.
And so we live on Blackheath, in the charm--ingest of dolls' houses, de-- lightfully furnished, and we have a clever little servant who is de-- cidedly pretty, and we are economical and orderly, and do everything by clockwork, and we have a hundred and fifty pounds a year, and we have all we want, and more.