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equilibrium

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

Simple Definition of equilibrium

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of equilibrium

plural equilibriums or equilibriaplay \-brē-ə\

  1. 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. 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. 3 :  balance 6a

Examples of equilibrium in a sentence

  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


EQUILIBRIUM Defined for Kids

equilibrium

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

Definition of equilibrium for Students

  1. 1 :  a state of balance between opposing forces or actions

  2. 2 :  the normal balanced state of the body that is maintained by the inner ear and that keeps a person or animal from falling




Medical Dictionary

equilibrium

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noun equi·lib·ri·um \ˌē-kwə-ˈlib-rē-əm, ˌek-wə-\

Medical Definition of equilibrium

plural equilibriums or equilibria \-rē-ə\play

  1. 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. 2:  a state of intellectual or emotional balance





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