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overbank

[ oh-ver-bangk ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈbæŋk /
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verb (used without object) Horology.

to have the balance staff oscillate so greatly that the fork of the lever fails to engage, rendering the escapement inoperative.

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Origin of overbank

First recorded in 1880–85; over- + bank1
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