from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who performs feats of balance, such as tightrope walking.
- n. One who balances equally; one who practises balancing in unnatural positions and hazardous movements, as a rope-dancer or funambulist.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
Another, an equilibrist, showed her how, when he was obliged to stay in bed with a broken leg and had nobody to wait on him, he used to wait on himself by going round the room on his hands ... like that.
Naturally a good equilibrist, the girl took easily to the motor-cycle, and even when Joe went at top speed on some smooth road she liked it.
For the unusual cold and the night work together had betrayed him into potations even beyond his wont, the slippery pavements had proven very baffling to his dignified tread -- and the snowy signet upon the back of his topcoat spoke to a delighted office all too plainly that at last the alcoholic equilibrist par excellence had fallen.
Above, on one side, is an equilibrist swinging on a slack rope; and on the other, a man flying from the tower to the ground, by means of a groove fastened to his breast, slipping over a line strained from one place to the other.
The steward brought me my coffee, and, wedged by boxes and pillows, like an equilibrist, I sat up and drank it.
He was laboring over a gigantic treadmill, balancing like an equilibrist upon a revolving sphere.
In the ruins of Herculaneum there is still visible a picture representing an equilibrist executing several different exercises, especially one in which he dances on a rope to the tune of a double flute, played by himself.
The word 'equilibrist' comes ultimately from Latin roots meaning 'equal' and 'balance'.