Origin of balance wheel
First recorded in 1660–70
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Examples from the Web for balance wheel
However, Mrs. Stannard will be there, and she's a balance-wheel.Marion's Faith.
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
He couldn't, he said, for I was his balance-wheel, and without me he was lost.Gretchen
Mary J. Holmes
The driving-pulley is 20 inches in diameter, and the balance-wheel 30 inches.A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine
Robert H. Thurston
- a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece, thereby regulating its beat
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