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steelyard

steelyard

noun steel·yard \ˈstēl-ˌyärd, ˈstil-yərd\

Definition of STEELYARD

:  a balance in which an object to be weighed is suspended from the shorter arm of a lever and the weight determined by moving a counterpoise along a graduated scale on the longer arm until equilibrium is attained

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Origin of STEELYARD

probably from 3steel + 4yard (rod)
First Known Use: 1639

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