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hairspring

[hair-spring] /ˈhɛərˌsprɪŋ/
noun, Horology
1.
a fine, usually spiral, spring used for oscillating the balance of a timepiece.
Also called balance spring.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; hair + spring
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hairspring

/ˈhɛəˌsprɪŋ/
noun
1.
(horology) a very fine spiral spring in some timepieces, which, in combination with the balance wheel, controls the timekeeping
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