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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