One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mechanism, typically involving a weight or spring, by which a uniform impulse is given to the pendulum or balance of a clock or watch at regular intervals, providing a more constant power supply for timekeeping than the primary power source.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in The Monthly Review. From French remontoir mechanism for winding a clock, mechanism by which a uniform impulse is given to the pendulum or balance of a timepiece from remonter + -oir.
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