from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The box which contains the mainspring of a watch or other mechanism; the barrel.
  • n. A box or some similar receptacle closed by a lid which opens or shuts by the elasticity of a spring or some similar device. See palpal.
  • n. In upholstery, the wooden frame within which the springs, as of a mattress or of the seat of a sofa, are contained.
  • n. In organ-building, that part of a wind-chest in which are the pallets and their springs.


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