balance wheel

noun

Definition of balance wheel

1 : a wheel that regulates or stabilizes the motion of a mechanism
2 : a balancing or stabilizing force

Examples of balance wheel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Geneva stripes, a first for Omega, that start from the balance wheel and fan out to the edge of the backplate. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 27 Sep. 2021 The escapement is a flying carousel, a type of tourbillon that rotates once every 60 minutes around the dial, with the balance wheel in full view. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 5 May 2021 The large balance wheel is made from silicium, a technology that Ulysse Nardin pioneered. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 5 May 2021 On a watch, the traditional oscillator has over 30 parts including a balance wheel and a balance spring, which contribute to a watch’s accuracy through a back-and-forth rotation. Michael Clerizo, WSJ, 31 July 2018 In watchmaking terms an escapement transfers energy to watch's timekeeping element, like a pendulum or balance wheel, and keeps track of the repetitive oscillations inside the watch. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 11 May 2018 On a watch, the traditional oscillator has over 30 parts including a balance wheel and a balance spring, which contribute to a watch’s accuracy through a back-and-forth rotation. Michael Clerizo, WSJ, 31 July 2018 The classic mechanical movement relies on the release of energy from a wound-up spring to swing a balance wheel in order to keep time, and there are a million little things that can undermine the precision of this process. Vlad Savov, The Verge, 7 July 2018 In watchmaking terms an escapement transfers energy to watch's timekeeping element, like a pendulum or balance wheel, and keeps track of the repetitive oscillations inside the watch. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of balance wheel

1669, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

13 Oct 2021

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“Balance wheel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balance%20wheel. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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