hairspring

[hair-spring]

Origin of hairspring

First recorded in 1820–30; hair + spring
Also called balance spring.
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hairspring

noun
  1. horology a very fine spiral spring in some timepieces, which, in combination with the balance wheel, controls the timekeeping
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