spring balance

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A simple form of balance in which a force is measured by the extension it produces in a helical spring. The extension, which is read off a scale, is directly proportional to the force, provided that the spring is not overstretched. The device is often used to measure the weight of a body approximately.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography — Physics.

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