The mainspring is vanity, assisted by the love of garlic and bread and butter.
He resisted the navy, the mainspring of Washington's foreign policy; he opposed commercial treaties and diplomatic intercourse in a similar fashion.
This author is indeed interested to prosecute vigorous and substantial thinking, but the mainspring of his interest is the conviction that such thought is significant for inner and outer life.
A recent critic has sought in religion the clue to her character and the mainspring of her genius.
In 1244 certain rights of self-government were given to the citizens; and in 1254 Mainz was the centre and mainspring of a powerful league of Rhenish towns.
French had done little to cement the Franco-Austrian alliance, which since 1763 had been practically non-existent; nor was it now the mainspring of his attitude towards revolutionary France.
She works from within outwards, touches first the mainspring and then sets it to play.
The chief objects of his study, however, were the works of Chrysippus, opposition to whose views is the mainspring of his philosophy.
It was in every way fitting, however, that he who had been the mainspring of the war from the beginning, and had borne far more than his share of its burdens and discouragements, should end it with the campaign of Yorktown, conceived by himself, and the surrender of Cornwallis (October 1781).
Put to work in 1824 at a blacking factory, a humiliation that was to provide a mainspring for his subsequent ambition.
mainspring of positive social change.
Conduct like this, though obviously disinterested, did not go without immediate and ample reward, in the public confidence which it created, and which formed the mainspring of Pitt's power as a statesman.
The rotor did not move around enough to wind the mainspring sufficiently.
mainspring housing on the 1911 pistol.
The rotor's movement winds the mainspring, a flat coiled spring, a flat coiled spring that powers mechanical watches.
The rotor 's movement winds the mainspring, a flat coiled spring that powers mechanical watches.
Rotor: The component of a kinetic watch that winds the mainspring as the wearer moves.
Caliber 13RO: This hand-wound movement features an eight day power reserve, Titanium regulation screws, and three mainspring barrels.
The nearly constant movement that results from this process continuously winds the mainspring inside the clock.
Changing a Mainspring (DR = 5): The mainspring provides power to a mechanical watch, but over time they dry out and accumulate dirt.
Having the watch serviced regularly will help prevent problems, but in the event failure occurs, taking the watch apart and changing out the mainspring is the only way to affect repairs.
Chalmers was the mainspring of the whole system, not merely superintending the visitation, but personally visiting all the families, and holding evening meetings, when he addressed those whom he had visited.
This was at the time regarded merely as a formality imposed by circumstances, and one not to be seriously entertained; but it became more and more evident that the recovery of the temporalities was the real mainspring of Leo's whole policy.
Bright replied that if Cobden retired the mainspring of the League was gone.
The chief incidents in that part of the poem - the panic rush to the ships, the duels of Paris and Menelaus, and of Hector and Ajax, the Aristeia of Diomede - stand in no relation to the mainspring of the poem, the promise made by Zeus to Thetis.
mainspring of action.
mainspring of progress is the mighty fact that millions of people seek battle and aspire.
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