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 for Compensation pendulum
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Compensation \Com`pen*sa"tion\, n. [L. compensatio a weighing, a
     balancing of accounts.]
     1. The act or principle of compensating. --Emerson.
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     2. That which constitutes, or is regarded as, an equivalent;
        that which makes good the lack or variation of something
        else; that which compensates for loss or privation;
        amends; remuneration; recompense.
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              The parliament which dissolved the monastic
              foundations . . . vouchsafed not a word toward
              securing the slightest compensation to the
              dispossessed owners.                  --Hallam.
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              No pecuniary compensation can possibly reward them.
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     3. (Law)
        (a) The extinction of debts of which two persons are
            reciprocally debtors by the credits of which they are
            reciprocally creditors; the payment of a debt by a
            credit of equal amount; a set-off. --Bouvier.
        (b) A recompense or reward for some loss or service.
        (c) An equivalent stipulated for in contracts for the sale
            of real estate, in which it is customary to provide
            that errors in description, etc., shall not avoid, but
            shall be the subject of compensation.
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     Compensation balance, or Compensated balance, a kind of
        balance wheel for a timepiece. The rim is usually made of
        two different metals having different expansibility under
        changes of temperature, so arranged as to counteract each
        other and preserve uniformity of movement.
     Compensation pendulum. See Pendulum.
     Syn: Recompense; reward; indemnification; consideration;
          requital; satisfaction; set-off.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pendulum \Pen"du*lum\, n.; pl. Pendulums. [NL., fr. L.
     pendulus hanging, swinging. See Pendulous.]
     A body so suspended from a fixed point as to swing freely to
     and fro by the alternate action of gravity and momentum. It
     is used to regulate the movements of clockwork and other
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     Note: The time of oscillation of a pendulum is independent of
           the arc of vibration, provided this arc be small.
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     Ballistic pendulum. See under Ballistic.
     Compensation pendulum, a clock pendulum in which the effect
        of changes of temperature of the length of the rod is so
        counteracted, usually by the opposite expansion of
        differene metals, that the distance of the center of
        oscillation from the center of suspension remains
        invariable; as, the mercurial compensation pendulum, in
        which the expansion of the rod is compensated by the
        opposite expansion of mercury in a jar constituting the
        bob; the gridiron pendulum, in which compensation is
        effected by the opposite expansion of sets of rods of
        different metals.
     Compound pendulum, an ordinary pendulum; -- so called, as
        being made up of different parts, and contrasted with
        simple pendulum.
     Conical pendulum or Revolving pendulum, a weight
        connected by a rod with a fixed point; and revolving in a
        horizontal circle about the vertical from that point.
     Pendulum bob, the weight at the lower end of a pendulum.
     Pendulum level, a plumb level. See under Level.
     Pendulum wheel, the balance of a watch.
     Simple pendulum or Theoretical pendulum, an imaginary
        pendulum having no dimensions except length, and no weight
        except at the center of oscillation; in other words, a
        material point suspended by an ideal line.
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