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Atomic Clock Clock that records time by vibrating cesium-133 atoms
Carriage Clock A traditional type of mantel, desk or table clock characterized by having a handle on top
Coiled Main Spring A spring that is a metal strip wound into a coil
Cuckoo Clock Traditional Black Forest clock, where a cuckoo bird pops out of the clock and cuckoo's as a mechanism for the clocks chime
Electric Clock A clock that is powered by a battery or mains power
Escarpment Mechanism Mechanical mechanism that is used to divide time (Can consist of pendulum, pitching fork and balance wheel)
Falling Weights Weights attached to gears, that allow the weights to gradually fall, transferring the power through the gears to the clock mechanism
GMT Greenwich Mean (or Meridian) Time is the mean (average) time that the earth takes to rotate from noon-to-noon
Grandfather Clock A Longcase clock standing greater than 6 1/2 feet tall (6 1/2 - 8 foot typically)
Grandmother Clock A Longcase clock standing about 6 feet tall
Granddaughter Clock A Longcase clock standing about 5 feet tall
Horology The science of measuring time
Impulse Clock A clock powered by electricity that drives a mechanical mechanism
Mantel Clock A traditional clock that was designed to sit on a mantel over a fire place or in an entry foyer
Master Clock A clock that keeps time for more than one clock dial
Mechanical Clock A clock powered by mechanical means. (falling weights, spring, or coiled main spring)
Quartz Clock A clock that measures time with a vibrating quartz crystal
Radio Controlled
A Clock that resynchronizes its time to transmitted radio waves from the national institute of standards
Regulator Mechanism to ensure that time splitting is done correctly (a pendulum is an example of a regulator)
Slave Dial
Slave Clock
Clock dials that are updated by a master clock

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