balance wheel

noun Horology.

Origin of balance wheel

First recorded in 1660–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for balance wheel

balance, flywheel

Examples from the Web for balance wheel

Historical Examples of balance wheel

  • However, Mrs. Stannard will be there, and she's a balance-wheel.

    Marion's Faith.

    Charles King

  • It may have served as a sort of balance-wheel, and helped to steady him, but it could not steer him.

  • When the balance-wheel, impelled by the escapement, rotates, it winds up the spring.

    How it Works

    Archibald Williams

  • He couldn't, he said, for I was his balance-wheel, and without me he was lost.


    Mary J. Holmes

  • The driving-pulley is 20 inches in diameter, and the balance-wheel 30 inches.

British Dictionary definitions for balance wheel

balance wheel


a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece, thereby regulating its beat
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