spiral spring


a form of spring consisting of a wire coiled in a helix.

Origin of spiral spring

First recorded in 1680–90
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Examples from the Web for spiral spring

  • Two others were made and sent to the Dauphin of France, where Huyghens had obtained a patent for spiral-spring watches.

    The Old Furniture Book|N. Hudson Moore
  • With the people of court the tongue is the artery of their withered life, the spiral-spring and flag-feather of their souls.

    Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
  • He had lengthened out now with a spiral-spring, cork-screw twist in his body, his index finger serving as point.

    Kennedy Square|F. Hopkinson Smith