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

Examples of balance beam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dyer finished seventh in the all-around at the Canton Invite, second in the all-around at the Lakeland regional, and broke her own school record in the balance beam (9.675). Keith Dunlap, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Free Press Sports Awards: Meet the gymnastics nominees," 16 June 2020 For the DMN Olympic preview section, writer Cathy Harasta broke down Patterson’s signature balance beam dismount, which would be key to her chances. Ryan Michalesko, Dallas News, "Memories in focus: Relive memorable sports moments through images from The Dallas Morning News’ visuals team," 30 May 2020 Hernandez competed at the Rio Olympics with a torn abdominal muscle, helping the United States claim the team gold medal and winning a silver medal on the balance beam. Juliet Macur, New York Times, "Olympic Gymnast Recalls Emotional Abuse ‘So Twisted That I Thought It Couldn’t Be Real’," 1 May 2020 Biles finally earned her 24th medal on the balance beam Sunday morning, delivering a nearly flawless performance with a score of 15.066. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Simone Biles captures all-time medal record at the World Gymnastics Championship," 13 Oct. 2019 The gear doesn’t have to be fancy: a yoga mat can be a place to practice summersaults, or a jump rope can be a balance beam. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Gear Hacks to Keep Your Kids Entertained at Home," 16 Apr. 2020 Knabe finished second in the vault (9.433) and bars (9.6) and tied for third on the balance beam (9.7). Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Falls/Germantown's Miranda Knabe, Bay's Addie Gallun bring home all-around state titles," 8 Mar. 2020 Paige Yu from Highland placed second in the all-around and balance beam. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Brunswick gymnast Jordyn Thomas wins uneven parallel bars, balance beam and all-around title at OHSAA gymnastics state meet," 1 Mar. 2020 Eisenberg is a reliable screen performer, but the spectrum of roles for which he is suited is about as wide as a balance beam. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Marcel Marceau’s War," 29 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of balance beam

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Balance beam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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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