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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Then, after a near-flawless uneven bars routine, Simone fell again on a difficult skill on the balance beam. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, "Simone Biles Wins Record Fourth World All-Around Title," 1 Nov. 2018 Riley McCusker, 17, earned the third-best score on the uneven bars and fifth-highest on 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 The four-time Olympic gold medalist dominated the U.S. Gymnastics Championships by not only winning a record fifth all-around title, but literally winning gold on every apparatus—floor exercise, balance beam, vault, and uneven bars—as well. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Simone Biles Made Gymnastics History in a Leotard Honoring Fellow Sexual Abuse Survivors," 20 Aug. 2018 Milliet took the win in balance beam, uneven bars and floor exercise with 9.9s on each apparatus. Cheryl Wray,, "Abby Milliet overcomes obstacles, leads Auburn gymnastics into meet against Bama," 23 Feb. 2018 One of the tests was to ride across a balance beam. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harley-Davidson responds to threat of European Union tariffs on Harley bikes," 6 Mar. 2018 Fingers crossed for a cameo by a random balance beam. Elisa, Seventeen, "8 Unbelievable Photos Every "Dancing With the Stars" Fan Needs to See of Nastia Liukin," 6 Apr. 2015 Visitors of the park will have access to a 45-minute session on the obstacle course to conquer elements like hurdles, balance beams, bridges, monkey bars and more. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Floating water park opening on Lake Travis just in time for the peak of summer," 25 June 2018 This 8,000 square foot inflatable water obstacle course and playground includes a catapult, climbing wall, trampoline, jungle gym, balance beam, bouncing dome, cyclone wheel and freefall wall with a slide. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "9 hot South Florida events in July," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of balance beam

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of balance beam was in 1894

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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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