balance wheel


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n balance wheel a wheel that regulates the rate of movement in a machine; especially a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece to regulate its beat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Balance wheel (Horology) A ratchet-shaped scape wheel, which in some watches is acted upon by the axis of the balance wheel proper (in those watches called a balance).
    • Balance wheel (Mach) A wheel which imparts regularity to the movements of any engine or machine; a fly wheel.
    • Balance wheel (Horology) A wheel which regulates the beats or pulses of a watch or chronometer, answering to the pendulum of a clock; -- often called simply a balance.
    • Balance wheel See in the Vocab.
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  • Horace Mann
    “Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men -- the balance-wheel of the social machinery.”
  • Horace Mann
    “Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men,the balance-wheel of the social machinery.”


In literature:

Nothing to jar the well balanced wheel.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
A Peking cart is a red-and-blue dog house, balanced, without springs, on an axle between two heavy wheels.
"Drugging a Nation" by Samuel Merwin
Perhaps, even, the bearings of its balance wheel had finally become frozen and had brought it to a stop!
"The Year When Stardust Fell" by Raymond F. Jones
Without his principles, the republic would have lacked a balance wheel.
"The Ifs of History" by Joseph Edgar Chamberlin
The first seven miles could be made on wheels, the balance by hard tramping.
"Woodcraft and Camping" by George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
That antiquated black-mutton-chop-shape balanced on two spidery wheels, and that fair and tender sprouting!
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
These circular gales are the great regulators, or balance-wheels, as it were, of the atmospheric machine.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
Beware of meddling with the balance wheel of your watch.
"A Text-Book of Astronomy" by George C. Comstock
It is the balance wheel that is largest and hardest to move which is the most easily controlled by the governor.
"Readings in Money and Banking" by Chester Arthur Phillips
I could hear the companionable canter of its balance wheel galloping down the road of life by my side.
"Neighbours" by Robert Stead

In poetry:

Hope is the mainspring on which moves desire, And these do the less wheels, fear, joy, inspire;
The balance is thought, evermore
And striking,
And ne'er giving o'er.
"The Lover's Clock" by John Suckling

In news:

BalaDyne solved them by tailoring the balancing wheel to fit the available space, and designing a cooling fan and ventilation holes into the balancer 's housing.
Another law prohibits the use of lead wheel weights used to balance tires.
This lightweight air disc brake package features an aluminum hub and the Splined Disc rotor assembly that reduces total wheel-end weight, greatly reduces rotor dynamic stresses, provides improved thermal balance.
The one-wheeled, self-balancing vehicle has a range of up to 20 miles and a top speed of 20 Mph.
I assumed it was the rim lock and asked the dealer to balance my wheel.
Finally, the wheels and tires were mounted and balanced.
Dynamically balanced cast-iron wheels with replaceable rubber tires, mounted on heavyduty bearings.
Why must imperfect wheel balance be dealt with.
Remember the Segway , the "two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen".
Back in 2000, the self-balancing scooter was hyped as the Second Coming of wheeled transport.
At rest, the Shift bike's two back wheels tilt in at the top to form a stable, balance-assisting "A".
The chair can stand him up to about six feet tall, which is about his original height before the accident, and it can balance on two wheels and move around.
Others spun rubber doughnuts on the pavement, or popped up their front tires and balanced on their back wheels.
Two-Wheeled Robotic Table Balances Drinks, Segway-Style.
In most cases threesomes don't work—there's always that third wheel to throw off the balance.

In science:

In particular, the “dependency wheel” model, useful for reasoning about BGP policy loops, seems likely to generalize to higher-level control loops in the cloud, such as load balancing policies.
Icebergs in the Clouds: the Other Risks of Cloud Computing