from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that balances.
- n. See halter2.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who, or that which, balances.
- n. The rear wings of certain insects used for stability in flight.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who balances, or uses a balance.
- n. In Diptera, the rudimentary posterior wing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who balances or weighs; a weigher of things in or as in a balance.
- n. An acrobat; one who balances himself.
- n. One who or that which keeps a thing or things in equilibrium; that which maintains or helps to maintain something in a state of balance or equipoise.
- n. Specifically, in entomology, a halter (which see); a poiser; the small organ supposed to be useful in balancing the body; one of a pair of slender processes with clubbed ends placed near the insertion of the wings, especially of dipterous insects.
- n. In herpetology, an elongate cylindrical rod protruding from each side of the head of larval salamanders, in front of the gills: permanently retained in certain forms, as the cæcilias and some salamanders.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an acrobat who balances himself in difficult positions
- n. either of the rudimentary hind wings of dipterous insects; used for maintaining equilibrium during flight
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