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overcoil

[oh-ver-koil]
noun Horology.
  1. a fixed end of a spiral hairspring, consisting of an upwardly and inwardly bent continuation of the outermost coil of the spring: used to offset the asymmetry of the common spiral spring when tight, which impairs isochronism.
  2. a hairspring having such a fixed end.
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Origin of overcoil

First recorded in 1880–85; over- + coil1
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Historical Examples

  • Used in chronometers and other fine time pieces where the spring is an overcoil.

    Time Telling through the Ages

    Harry Chase Brearley