Definitions for "mainspring"
Keywords:  spring, hammer, striker, barrel, coiled
The principal or most important spring in a piece of mechanism, especially the moving spring of a watch or clock or the spring in a gunlock which impels the hammer.
The chief or most powerful motive; the efficient cause of action; as, the mainspring of action.
A strong spring, aka an energy storage device, that operates the striker or hammer of a firearm.