balance wheel


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This architecture delivers consistent power to the balance wheel to ensure flawless precision. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 8 Nov. 2022 Five years in the making, the new movement also has bidirectional winding and a balance wheel fit with inertia blocks to avoid unnecessary friction. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 11 Apr. 2022 Its movement also includes a titanium and white gold balance wheel, De Bethune’s balance-spring with a flat terminal curve, a silicon escape wheel, a triple pare-chute shock absorbing system and an oscillating weight in titanium and platinum. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 30 Aug. 2022 Built like an engine, the caliber’s twin barrels and 12-degree tilted balance wheel are designed to represent what is considered the signature movement of the Lamborghini Squadra Corse. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 1 July 2022 What remains the same, is that the gold balance wheel system, positioned between 6 and 7 o’clock, which stays tilted at a 30-degree angle. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 23 Nov. 2021 The Oscillomax operates with a balance spring with a patented terminal curve called the Spiromx and an escapement with a lever and escape wheel, known as the Pulsomax, and an adjustable mass balance wheel, a.k.a. the Gyromax. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 6 Apr. 2022 In 2019, Swiss watchmaker Armin Strom’s Gravity Equal Force watch debuted as the world’s first automatic timepiece with a constant force transmission; allowing for consistent power to its balance wheel. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 6 Mar. 2022 The largest of these, MB&F’s hovering balance wheel, sits at the center of the dial. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 20 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Balance wheel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

balance wheel

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