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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - The most important coil in a mechanical device (especially a clock or watch).

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  • The teacher who can break a mainspring first and keep it from getting mended, is often the most esteemed in the community.
  • Journalism of which the mainspring is the gaining of pleasure may easily degenerate into something akin to the comic actor's function.
  • Our "mainspring" not only has run down, but is broken.
  • "The system of which you have been speaking might be called the mainspring of our society. for more
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