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synonyms for mainspring

  • ground
  • heart
  • basis
  • cause
  • essence
  • essentiality
  • marrow
  • origin
  • pith
  • principle
  • quintessence
  • root
  • soul
  • source
  • stuff
  • substance
  • bottom line
  • virtuality

antonyms for mainspring

MOST RELEVANT
  • consequence
  • effect
  • end
  • outcome
  • outgrowth
  • result
  • discouragement
  • effect
  • result
  • conclusion
  • finish
  • neglect
  • thoughtlessness
  • consequence
  • development
  • fruit
  • issue
  • outcome
  • outgrowth
  • product
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      How to use mainspring in a sentence

      The outer end of the mainspring is attached to the rim of the barrel, and the inner end to the barrel arbor.
      THE WONDER BOOK OF KNOWLEDGEVARIOUS
      Unless this double mainspring is known, the conduct of Catherine de' Medici will remain forever misunderstood.
      CATHERINE DE' MEDICIHONORE DE BALZAC
      To such religion was the mainspring which kept the whole intellect going; and religion was to be had at the meeting.
      EAST ANGLIAJ. EWING RITCHIE
      All the old restraints were wanting, and self-interest alone formed the mainspring of action.
      THE INFLUENCE AND DEVELOPMENT OF ENGLISH GILDSFRANCIS AIDEN HIBBERT
      Fingering is the mainspring, the determining principle, one might almost say the life and soul, of the pianoforte technique.
      FREDERICK CHOPIN AS A MAN AND MUSICIANFREDERICK NIECKS
      The mainspring of her early life was to please, and of her later life to make people happy.
      BEACON LIGHTS OF HISTORY, VOLUME VIIJOHN LORD
      In losing this friend of thirty years Madame Récamier felt that the mainspring of her life was broken.
      BEACON LIGHTS OF HISTORY, VOLUME VIIJOHN LORD
      Since it was too small to depend on weights, it contained a coiled mainspring—something entirely new to the clockmaking world.
      CHRISTOPHER AND THE CLOCKMAKERSSARA WARE BASSETT
      The mainspring of the old system had become a simple anomaly to the new radicalism.
      THE ENGLISH UTILITARIANS, VOLUME I.LESLIE STEPHEN
      Cal'late my head must have stopped goin'; maybe the shock I had a spell ago broke the mainspring.
      MARY-'GUSTAJOSEPH C. LINCOLN
      SYNONYM OF THE DAY
      OCTOBER 26, 1985
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      WORDS RELATED TO MAINSPRING

      • basis
      • bottom line
      • cause
      • essence
      • essentiality
      • ground
      • heart
      • mainspring
      • marrow
      • origin
      • pith
      • principle
      • quintessence
      • root
      • soul
      • source
      • stuff
      • substance
      • virtuality
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