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balance beam

a narrow wooden rail about 16 feet (5 meters) long and 4 inches (10 cm) wide, set horizontally on upright posts about 4 feet (1.2 meters) from the floor, used for performing feats of balancing and demonstrating gymnastic ability.
a competitive gymnastic event for women in which such an apparatus is used.
Origin of balance beam
1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She went on to win the gold medal in the balance beam.
  • She fought tears after finishing her balance beam routine that went awry from the start.
  • Patterson, who won silver in the balance beam, has enjoyed her medals and the fame from the start.

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