- a wheel next to the winding knob, having two sets of teeth, one at right angles to its plane.
- 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.
Origin of crown wheel
First recorded in 1640–50
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When the teeth are arranged upon the radial or side face of the wheel, as in Fig. 4, it is termed a crown-wheel.
Plate 147 shows us the oldest known arrangement of a crown-wheel escapement in a clock.Watch and Clock Escapements
- horology the wheel next to the winding knob that has one set of teeth at right angles to the other
- the larger of the two gears in a bevel gear
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