balance beam


Definition of balance beam

1 : a narrow wooden beam supported in a horizontal position approximately four feet above the floor and used for balancing feats in gymnastics
2 : an event in gymnastics competition in which the balance beam is used

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Biles showcased routines on the balance beam, vault, floor, and bars, receiving an overall score of 60.000 while neatly securing her sixth consecutive win at the U.S. Classic, the Associated Press reported. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Simone Biles Takes Home The Gold At US Classic," 23 July 2019 Gymnast Simone Biles took gold on the floor exercises at the gymnastics World Championships and bronze on balance beam to become the first woman in 30 years, and first American ever, to win a medal in every event. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "Gold medalist Simone Biles coming to Louisville to compete in the 2019 GK U.S. Classic," 3 Nov. 2018 Eaker will be competing in the balance beam finals. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The USA Women's Gymnastics Team Won Its 4th Straight World Championship—Here's How to Watch the Final Events," 31 Oct. 2018 Kentucky's only win over Alabama came in the balance beam round, as the Wildcats scored a 49.300 over a 48.850. Cheryl Wray,, "Alabama gymnastics defeats Kentucky with season-best scores," 16 Feb. 2018 Hurd, who won the all-around competition at last year’s world championships, scored third on vault yesterday. Kara Eaker, 15, won the balance beam. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The USA Women's Gymnastics Team Won Its 4th Straight World Championship—Here's How to Watch the Final Events," 31 Oct. 2018 Tide closed things out on the balance beam, where Winston's 9.925 and a 9.875 from Guerrero in the anchor spot pushed Alabama to a 49.275. Cheryl Wray,, "Alabama gymnastics looks to title in NCAA national championships Friday and Saturday," 20 Apr. 2018 Maddie Doyle Doyle finished her junior season as the New England balance beam champion with a score of 9.7., "2017-18 Girls' Gymnastics All-Scholastics," 7 May 2018 As a competitive gymnast, my after-school time was spent mastering complicated tumbling passes and back tucks on the balance beam. Allison Berres, Good Housekeeping, "Breast-Reduction Surgery Made Me Feel More Sensual, Youthful, and Confident," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of balance beam

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of balance beam

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

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