Meaning of TORSION BALANCE in English



1. : an instrument used to measure minute forces (as electrostatic or magnetic attraction and repulsion) by the torsion of a wire or filament, the angle of torsion being proportional to the amount of force exerted

2. : a spring balance in which the weight is balanced by the torsion of a wire — compare eötvös balance

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