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anchor escapement

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noun Horology.

an escapement in which wedge-shaped pallets engage with an escape wheel having pointed teeth, usually facing in the direction of revolution, so that the escape wheel recoils slightly at every release.

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Also called recoil escapement.

Origin of anchor escapement

First recorded in 1850–55
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