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balance beam

noun

Simple Definition of balance beam

  • : a thick bar of wood raised above the floor that is used in gymnastics for displays of balance

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of balance beam

  1. 1 :  a narrow wooden beam supported in a horizontal position approximately four feet above the floor and used for balancing feats in gymnastics

  2. 2 :  an event in gymnastics competition in which the balance beam is used

Circa 1949

First Known Use of balance beam

circa 1949


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