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motion work

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  1. clockwork by which the hour hand is driven from the shaft of the minute hand.
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Origin of motion work

First recorded in 1785–95
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Historical Examples

  • The district has long been noted for the superior construction of watch tools and motion-work.

    Drake's Road Book of the Grand Junction Railway

    James Drake

  • We may now go to the front (or left hand) of the clock, and 538 describe the dial or “motion-work.”