a narrow wooden rail about 16 feet (5 meters) long and 4 inches (10 cm) wide, set horizontally on upright posts about 4 feet (1.2 meters) from the floor, used for performing feats of balancing and demonstrating gymnastic ability.
a competitive gymnastic event for women in which such an apparatus is used.
The scales consisted of two tin pans of equal size and weight hung from a balance beam.
In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
Balances are so called because they consist of two plates or pans suspended from the balance beam.
Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
It was evidently a very slim canoe with a balance beam and sails.
The Story of a Child Pierre Loti
- Balance bridge
noun a bascule bridge See bascule (sense 1)
- Balance control
See under balance (def 17). a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc. something used to produce equilibrium; counterpoise. mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc. a state of bodily equilibrium: He lost his balance and fell down the stairs. an instrument for determining weight, typically by […]
- Balance lug
a lugsail having a portion of its area forward of the mast and having a long foot, often with a boom. Historical Examples The balance lug so much in vogue is but a lateen sail with the fore-angle cut off. Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
- Balance of nature
population equilibrium among organisms and their environments resulting from continuous interaction and interdependency. noun the stable state in which natural communities of animals and plants exist, maintained by adaptation, competition, and other interactions between members of the communit ies and their nonliving environment A concept in ecology that describes natural systems as being in a […]