- A mechanism consisting in general of an escape wheel and an anchor, used especially in timepieces to control movement of the wheel and to provide periodic energy impulses to a pendulum or balance. (noun)
- A mechanism, as in a typewriter, that controls the lateral movement of the carriage. (noun)
- An escape. (noun)
- A means or way of escape. (noun)
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