balance wheel definition

  • noun:
    • A wheel that regulates rate of movement in machine components, as in a wristwatch.
    • A stabilizing impact.
    • The timekeeping product normally used in technical watches and tiny clocks. Comprising a wheel which oscillates due to a coiled spring.
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    • A wheel in a wrist watch or chronometer which by the regularity of the movement determines the beat or hit.
    • Figuratively, whatever serves the regulation or co√∂rdination of moves.
    • a wheel that regulates the rate of motion in a device; specially a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece to manage its beat
  • others:
    • A wheel which regulates the music or pulses of a wristwatch or chronometer, answering towards pendulum of a-clock; -- known as merely a balance.
    • A ratchet-shaped scape wheel, which in some watches is acted upon because of the axis of this stability wheel proper (in those watches labeled as a balance).
    • A wheel which imparts regularity on movements of every engine or machine; a fly wheel.

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