from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small balance.
  • n. A level, or levelling instrument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small balance.
  • n. An instrument for taking levels; a level.
  • n. [capitalized] A southern constellation which Laeaille, after 1754, proposed to substitute for Triangulum Australe, which dates from the fifteenth century.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of dragon-flies.
  • n. A Roman brass coin, the as of diminished weight.


Latin, diminutive of libra balance. See level. (Wiktionary)



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