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locking plate

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noun Horology.
  1. a narrow wheel geared to a striking train or other mechanism and having a notched rim engaging with another mechanism permitting it to rotate through a specific arc.
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Origin of locking plate

First recorded in 1875–80
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Historical Examples

  • The chief forms are Rack, and Locking-plate, or Count-wheel.

    Time Telling through the Ages

    Harry Chase Brearley

  • Wheel, CountThe wheel carrying the locking-plate in a striking mechanism.

    Time Telling through the Ages

    Harry Chase Brearley