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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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  • The scales consisted of two tin pans of equal size and weight hung from a balance beam.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
  • Balances are so called because they consist of two plates or pans suspended from the balance beam.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • It was evidently a very slim canoe with a balance beam and sails.

    The Story of a Child Pierre Loti

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