Definition of torsion balance in English:

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torsion balance

Pronunciation: /ˈtôrSHən ˈbaləns/


An instrument for measuring very weak forces by their effect on a system of fine twisted wire.
Example sentences
  • The first person to have a proper go at it was Cavendish, who managed to measure G in his famous experiment with a torsion balance about 200 years ago.
  • In his last years he devised a method for weighing the Earth by using a torsion balance of his own invention, but it was left to W. H. Wollaston and Henry Cavendish to carry out the experiments after his death.
  • These lengths of petiole were then mounted at each end in a torsion balance.

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Syllabification: tor·sion bal·ance

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