balance wheel


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

Examples of balance wheel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The idea was to create a simple, streamlined and contemporary design focused on the source energy to the escapement that drives it, the barrels, and the large balance wheel. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 7 Dec. 2023 The design features an asymmetrical layout with a white dial for the hours and minutes placed between one and three o’clock, a white seconds counter overlapping the hours and minutes dial between eight and ten o’clock, and a large rose-gold balance wheel and bridges at six o’clock. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2023 Because the talent pool, those artisans who can guilloche a dial or polish a balance wheel or hand-carve numerals to such rarefied standards, is limited and shrinking rather than expanding. Paul Croughton, Robb Report, 5 Nov. 2023 Five years in the making, the movement has bidirectional winding, a balance wheel fit with inertia blocks to avoid unnecessary friction, and comes with an extra-thin date-setting mechanism. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 31 Aug. 2023 Nardin achieves this with a balance wheel that beats at the low frequency of 0.50 Hz and the considerable energy stored by the six extra-large barrels. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 20 July 2023 Additionally, these movements include a silicon balance wheel, escape wheel, and pallet lugs, high-tech elements that contribute to the watch’s phenomenal 60-hour power reserve. Elizabeth Doerr, Robb Report, 6 June 2023 All this can affect your quality of life, including the quality of achieving success in life, because when there is a bias in one direction, your balance wheel may not move in the same way or as fast as you're used to, which can lead to a deterioration of quality in other areas. Yec, Forbes, 7 June 2022 That town, nestled cozily beside the Jura Mountains, is home to a factory where workers meticulously assemble watches by hand, setting the tiny balance wheel, known as an unrueh (unrest), with the type of scientific precision that the Swiss are famous for. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1669, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of balance wheel was in 1669

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“Balance wheel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

balance wheel

: a wheel that adjusts the motion of a mechanism (as a timepiece or a sewing machine)
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