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

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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, "Wired headphones are becoming the mechanical watches of personal audio," 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, "This Complex 3D Printed Watch Has 70 Moving Parts," 11 May 2018 These tiny arms and balance wheels are all manually assembled by workers, using microscopic lenses in ultra-sterile workspaces. Chris Rovzar, Bloomberg.com, "See the 150-Year-Old Secrets of Swiss Watchmaking at the Zenith Factory," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of balance wheel

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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