from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that equalizes, as:
  • n. A device for equalizing pressure or strain.
  • n. A tone control system designed to compensate for frequency distortion in audio systems.
  • n. Slang A deadly weapon, such as a firearm or switchblade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who makes equal; a balancer.
  • n. A goal that equalizes the score.
  • n. A electronic audio device for altering the frequencies of sound recordings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, equalizes anything.
  • n. same as Equalizing bar.
  • n. A device, as a bar, for operating two brakes, esp. a pair of hub brakes for an automobile, with equal force.
  • n. Any device for equalizing the pull of electromagnets; also, a conductor of low resistance joining the armature ends of the series field coils of dynamos connected in parallel.
  • n. A sliding panel to preserve the lateral stability of an aëroplane.
  • n. a device or circuit within a sound-reproducing system that reproduces the original frequency distribution of the sound before recording by compensating for inequialities in the frequency response of the system.
  • n. a gun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which equalizes or makes equal; an adjuster; a leveler.
  • n. Specifically, a pivoted bar attached to the pole of a wagon and carrying at its ends the swingletrees to which the horses are attached; an evener. Also called equalizing-bar.
  • n. Also spelled equaliser.
  • n. In a wide sense, any form of balanced bar designed to equalize irregular strains, as in the buffers of a car-platform or the springs used to keep a car-vestibule closed under the swaying of the cars when in motion.
  • n. A box or tank, loosely filled with sand, coke, sawdust, or other cleansing material, through which the gas from a producer is passed to make its quality uniform.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a weight that balances another weight
  • n. electronic equipment that reduces frequency distortion
  • n. a score that makes the match even


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  • Kaberle set up the equalizer from the top of the right faceoff circle.

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  • The equalizer is his slider and a healthy Kazmir with a full arsonel could spell trouble for the Sox.


  • T-Qualizer t-shirts, also known as equalizer shirts, use paper-thin electroluminescent technology powered by a small battery pack to illuminate and flash along to the beat of any music playing nearby.

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  • The phone's help file and this very forum mention a call equalizer, but I can't find it anywhere.

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  • Our efforts, as individual member countries of the African continent are being directed at putting in place the necessary infrastructure for increased economic activity in the continent. rt of that critical infrastructure is information technology (IT), which is the one "equalizer" that can push Africa into the 21st Century.

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  • 'Some day I'll blast 'em. I don't keep that equalizer in my trunk to play Boy Scout with.'

    - Nightmare Alley, William Lindsay Gresham

    June 30, 2012