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steelyard

[steel-yahrd, stil-yerd] /ˈstilˌyɑrd, ˈstɪl yərd/
noun
1.
a portable balance with two unequal arms, the longer one having a movable counterpoise and the shorter one bearing a hook or the like for holding the object to be weighed.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; steel + yard1
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steelyard

/ˈstiːlˌjɑːd/
noun
1.
a portable balance consisting of a pivoted bar with two unequal arms. The load is suspended from the shorter one and the bar is returned to the horizontal by adding weights to the longer one
Word Origin
C17: from steel + yard1 (in the archaic sense: a rod or pole)
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