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balance wheel

[′bal·əns ‚wēl]
(mechanical engineering)
A wheel which governs or stabilizes the movement of a mechanism.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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