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  • adj. Attributive form of balance beam, noun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The beam of a balance.
  • n. A long beam attached to a drawbridge, the gate of a canal-lock, etc., serving partially to counterbalance its weight, and used in opening and closing it. Also called balance-bar.


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  • In "Truck and Field," gold-medal winners like Dan O'Brien will jog on a treadmill that's been mounted atop a military tank; others will perform pommel-horse and balance-beam routines on a pair of wooden sculptures that replicate airline seats, says commissioner Lisa Freiman.

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  • In grade school I was almost on my way to hooping, it seems, because I found that I liked sports and activities that involved fun props and instruments: baton, roller-skating, flag cheerleading, volleyball, gymnastics at the balance-beam. | Blog | DeAnn DeLuna: Inside The Hoop

  • Bobby and I move over to the scaleone of those old, mechanical, black-and-white scales with the balance-beam arm.


  • After winning the all-round title, she failed to win any gold medals the next day in the four individual events and fell in both her balance-beam and her uneven-bars routines.

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  • I heard about an Olympic gymnast who lost the use of one eye in a balance-beam injury.


  • Equipment on the Maple Leaf included a balance-beam scale, a mortar and pestle, minié balls, candles, and storage jars and canisters. (left) [LARGERIMAGE] A soldier's gear could have included a coffee pot, canteen, spurs, belt, shaving gear, and musical instruments. (right) [LARGERIMAGE] (St. Johns Archaeological Expeditions)

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  • He could not possibly perceive when his balance-beam was out of its centre, and if he had seen a slight leaning to one side, and that side not his own, he could not have conceived that the scales of justice would have been very much affected.

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  • The regular working of the machinery was aided by the employment of a balance-beam connected by a chain with the head of the large piston and pump-rods; and the whole of these powerful machines by means of three of which as much as 789,840 gallons of water were pumped out of the mines every 24 hours -- were set in operation and regulated merely by the turning of a stopcock.

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  • Now the first American male skater to score gold since Brian Boitano in the 1988 games in Seoul, Chicago-born Lysacek, 24, has also found love in high places - with balance-beam gymnast and fellow gold-medalist, Nastia Luikin.

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  • Think of them as balance-beam gymnasts, while the rugged little horse you grew up on might be more akin to a member of the hockey team. News


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