Definition of balance wheel in English:

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balance wheel

Pronunciation: /ˈbaləns ˌ(h)wēl/

noun

The regulating device in a watch or clock.
Example sentences
  • Instead of a verge and foliot escapements they used a device called a balance wheel, which swung back and forth regulating the motion of the gears.
  • In general, any lantern clock with a balance wheel has had its escapement restored.
  • This oscillation is not exactly a parallel to the balance wheel and hairspring of a clockwork watch, but the fact is that both use oscillations to keep track of passing time.

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Syllabification: bal·ance wheel

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