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main·spring

 (mān′sprĭng′)
n.
1. The principal spring in a mechanical device, especially a watch or clock, that drives the mechanism by uncoiling.
2. The chief motivating force: the mainspring of a reform movement.

mainspring

(ˈmeɪnˌsprɪŋ)
n
1. (Mechanical Engineering) the principal power spring of a mechanism, esp in a watch or clock
2. the chief cause or motive of something

main•spring

(ˈmeɪnˌsprɪŋ)

n.
1. the principal spring in a mechanism, as a watch.
2. the chief power; the impelling cause.
[1585–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mainspring - the most important spring in a mechanical device (especially a clock or watch)mainspring - the most important spring in a mechanical device (especially a clock or watch); as it uncoils it drives the mechanism
clockwork - any mechanism of geared wheels that is driven by a coiled spring; resembles the works of a mechanical clock
spring - a metal elastic device that returns to its shape or position when pushed or pulled or pressed; "the spring was broken"

mainspring

noun cause, inspiration, motivation, source, origin, incentive, motive, impulse, driving force, prime mover Music has always been the mainspring of my life.
Translations
الزُّنْبَرَك الرَّئيسي في الساعَه
hnací pero
drivkrafthovedfjeder
fõrugó
gangfjöîur
hnacia pružina
ana yaybüyük zemberek

mainspring

[ˈmeɪnsprɪŋ] N [of watch] → muelle m real (fig) → motivo m principal, principal resorte m

mainspring

[ˈmeɪnsprɪŋ] n (= most important part) [life, plot, story] → pièce f maîtressemains supply n (for electricity, gas, water) to be on the mains supply → être raccordé au réseau

mainspring

[ˈmeɪnˌsprɪŋ] n (of clock, watch) → molla principale (fig) → molla

main

(mein) adjective
chief, principal or most important. the main purpose; the main character in the story.
noun
(also mains) the chief pipe or cable in a branching system of pipes or cables. The water's been turned off at the main(s); (also adjective) the mains electricity supply.
ˈmainly adverb
more (of) the thing mentioned than anything else; mostly or largely. This skirt is mainly dark grey.
ˈmainland noun
a large piece of land as compared with neighbouring islands. Britain is not part of the mainland of Europe.
ˈmainspring noun
the chief spring, especially the spring that causes the wheels to move in a watch or clock.
ˈmainstream noun
the chief direction or trend of a system of theories, developments etc. the mainstream of traditional art.
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To this semicouncil had been invited the Swedish General Armfeldt, Adjutant General Wolzogen, Wintzingerode (whom Napoleon had referred to as a renegade French subject), Michaud, Toll, Count Stein who was not a military man at all, and Pfuel himself, who, as Prince Andrew had heard, was the mainspring of the whole affair.
That this dog and White Fang should come together was inevitable, and for a week the anticipated fight was the mainspring of conversation in certain quarters of the town.
I'll tell you, then," he said with heat, "I imagine the mainspring of all our actions is, after all, self-interest.
He believed almost with devoutness in the plot which he had detected for the spoliation of Lord Wetherby's summer-house, that plot of which he held Lord Dawlish to be the mainspring.
This hitch in the mainspring of the domestic machinery had a bad effect upon the whole concern, but Amy's motto was `Nil desperandum', and having made up her mind what to do, she proceeded to do it in spite of all obstacles.
So long as I confined myself to them she had a haunting fear that, even though the editor remained blind to his best interests, something would one day go crack within me (as the mainspring of a watch breaks) and my pen refuse to write for evermore.
Perhaps this had Originally been the mainspring of the understanding between them.
Who, I believe, is the mainspring of all this, I confess," said the cardinal.
It will probably now be evident that the mainspring of the undeniable and volcanic power of 'Sartor Resartus' (and the same is true of Carlyle's other chief works) is a tremendous moral conviction and fervor.
In spite of the gulf set between us, you will still be the mainspring of all my actions, and all the virtues are inspired by penitence and love.
Had that piquant gipsy face been at the bottom of the crime, or was it the baser mainspring of money?
Here, in truth, lay the mainspring of this strangely-constituted organization.