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compensating balance

Also, compensated balance, compensation balance. a balance wheel in a timepiece, designed to compensate for variations in tension in the hair spring caused by changes in temperature.
Banking. a deposit balance that is required to be left on deposit by a company to maintain or guarantee credit.
Origin of compensating balance
1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • AuxiliaryA device attached to a compensation balance to reduce what is known as the "middle temperature error."

    Time Telling through the Ages Harry Chase Brearley
  • The compensation balance is also made with brass as the inner metal and aluminum outside.

    Time Telling through the Ages Harry Chase Brearley

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