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crown wheel

noun Horology.
  1. a wheel next to the winding knob, having two sets of teeth, one at right angles to its plane.
  2. any of various wheels having the form of a hoop or short cylinder with a serrated edge, as the escape wheel in a verge escapement.
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Origin of crown wheel

First recorded in 1640–50
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Historical Examples of crown wheel

  • When the teeth are arranged upon the radial or side face of the wheel, as in Fig. 4, it is termed a crown-wheel.

    Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II

    Joshua Rose

  • Plate 147 shows us the oldest known arrangement of a crown-wheel escapement in a clock.

British Dictionary definitions for crown wheel

crown wheel

  1. horology the wheel next to the winding knob that has one set of teeth at right angles to the other
  2. the larger of the two gears in a bevel gear
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