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equilibrium

noun equi·lib·ri·um \ˌē-kwə-ˈli-brē-əm, ˌe-\

: a state in which opposing forces or actions are balanced so that one is not stronger or greater than the other

: a state of emotional balance or calmness

plural equi·lib·ri·ums or equi·lib·ria\-brē-ə\

Full Definition of EQUILIBRIUM

1
a :  a state of intellectual or emotional balance :  poise <trying to recover his equilibrium>
b :  a state of adjustment between opposing or divergent influences or elements
2
:  a state of balance between opposing forces or actions that is either static (as in a body acted on by forces whose resultant is zero) or dynamic (as in a reversible chemical reaction when the rates of reaction in both directions are equal)
3
:  balance 6a

Examples of EQUILIBRIUM

  1. Supply and demand were in equilibrium.
  2. <we must find an equilibrium between commercial development and conservation of our natural treasures>

Origin of EQUILIBRIUM

Latin aequilibrium, from aequilibris being in equilibrium, from aequi- + libra weight, balance
First Known Use: 1608

Other Physics Terms

amplitude, centrifugal, centripetal, convection, gradient, hysteresis, kinetic, lase, quantum

equilibrium

noun equi·lib·ri·um \ˌē-kwə-ˈlib-rē-əm, ˌek-wə-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural equi·lib·ri·ums or equi·lib·ria \-rē-ə\

Medical Definition of EQUILIBRIUM

1
:  a state of balance between opposing forces or actions that is either static (as in a body acted on by forces whose resultant is zero) or dynamic (as in a reversible chemical reaction when the velocities in both directions are equal)
2
:  a state of intellectual or emotional balance
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