the mechanism of a .
any mechanism similar to that of a .
like clockwork, with perfect regularity or precision:
The launching of the spacecraft went off like clockwork.
the mechanism of a clock
any similar mechanism, as in a wind-up toy
like clockwork, with complete regularity and precision
also clock-work, 1660s, “mechanism of a clock,” from clock (n.1) + work (n.). Figurative sense of “anything of unvarying regularity” is recorded earlier (1620s).
[klok-wahyz] /ˈklɒkˌwaɪz/ adverb 1. in the direction of the rotation of the hands of a as viewed from the front or above; circularly to the right from a point taken as the top. adjective 2. directed clockwise: a clockwise movement. /ˈklɒkˌwaɪz/ adverb, adjective 1. in the direction that the hands of a clock rotate; from […]
- Clockwork universe
An image of the universe as a clock wound up by God and ticking along with its gears governed by the laws of physics. This idea was very important in the Enlightenment, when scientists realized that Newton’s laws of motion, including the law of universal gravitation, could explain the behavior of the solar system.
[klod] /klɒd/ noun 1. a lump or mass, especially of earth or clay. 2. a stupid person; blockhead; dolt. 3. earth; soil. 4. something of lesser dignity or value, as the body as contrasted with the soul: this corporeal clod. 5. a part of a shoulder of beef. /klɒd/ noun 1. a lump of earth […]
[klod-ish] /ˈklɒd ɪʃ/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or resembling a or boor; doltish; stolid. adj. 1844, from clod (n.) + -ish. Related: Clodishly; clodishness.