American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person who performs feats of balance, such as tightrope walking.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who balances equally; one who practises balancing in unnatural positions and hazardous movements, as a rope-dancer or funambulist.
- n. archaic a tightrope walker
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who balances himself in unnatural positions and hazardous movements; a balancer.
- [Mid. 18th century], French équilibriste, from équilibre ("balance"). (Wiktionary)
- French équilibriste, from équilibre, equilibrium, from Latin aequilībrium; see equilibrium. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When the equilibrist Madame Phom returned to Fan Nan Nan, she did not find Dickie Goldwire at home.”
“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.”
“Nor do I see my way clear in providing for the steeple-climber, the equilibrist, the railroad president, or the tea-taster.”
“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.”
“At that time I was a contortionist and they called me the Snake-Man; then I became an equilibrist and adopted the name of”
“Bob with listless enthusiasm, teetering the while upon his cane like a Japanese equilibrist.”
“He was laboring over a gigantic treadmill, balancing like an equilibrist upon a revolving sphere.”
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