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
Words nearby locking plate
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Example sentences from the Web for locking plate
The chief forms are Rack, and Locking-plate, or Count-wheel.
Wheel, CountThe wheel carrying the locking-plate in a striking mechanism.