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  • mainspring — [mān′spriŋ΄] n. 1. the principal spring in a clock, watch, or other mechanism; driving spring, whose steady uncoiling keeps the mechanism running 2. the chief motive or cause …   English World dictionary

  • mainspring — main spring , n. The principal or most important spring in a piece of mechanism, especially the moving spring of a watch or clock or the spring in a gunlock which impels the hammer. Hence: (Fig.) The chief or most powerful motive; the efficient… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mainspring — For the 2007 novel by Jay Lake, see Mainspring (novel). An uncoiled modern watch mainspring …   Wikipedia

  • mainspring — noun a) The principal spring of a clockwork mechanism, that drives it by uncoiling. He was wise, for he had seen a long succession of mechanical toys arrive to boast and swagger, and by and by break their mainsprings and pass away. b) The most… …   Wiktionary

  • mainspring — noun Date: 1591 1. the chief spring in a mechanism especially of a watch or clock 2. the chief or most powerful motive, agent, or cause …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mainspring — /mayn spring /, n. 1. the principal spring in a mechanism, as in a watch. 2. the chief motive power; the impelling cause. [1585 95; MAIN1 + SPRING] * * * …   Universalium

  • mainspring — meɪnsprɪŋ n. main spring in a mechanism; chief impelling force …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mainspring — main•spring [[t]ˈmeɪnˌsprɪŋ[/t]] n. 1) hor the principal spring in a mechanism, as a watch 2) the chief power; the impelling cause • Etymology: 1585–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • mainspring — /ˈmeɪnsprɪŋ/ (say maynspring) noun 1. the principal spring in a mechanism, as in a watch. 2. the chief motive power; the impelling cause …  

  • Mechanical watch — The movement of a Russian watch A mechanical watch is a watch that uses a mechanical mechanism to measure the passage of time, as opposed to modern quartz watches which function electronically. It is driven by a spring (called a mainspring) which …   Wikipedia

  • Automatic watch — An automatic or self winding watch is a mechanical watch, whose mainspring is wound automatically by the natural motion of the wearer s arm, to make it unnecessary to manually wind the watch. Most mechanical watches sold today are self winding.… …   Wikipedia

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