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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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 Includes basic foundational skills, strength and flexibility training, as well as skill development on floor exercise, vault table, uneven parallel bars and balance beam. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You've seen lumberjacks do it. Now you can learn how to logroll, too.," 29 May 2018 North Carolina's Morgan Lane starred for the Tarheels, receiving 9.9s on both floor exercise and balance beam; Khazia Hislop also scored a 9.9 on the floor exercise. Cheryl Wray,, "Bama gymnastics sets season-best mark in win over UNC," 2 Mar. 2018 Ty'Asia was waiting on the double yellow lines that separate the lanes, a space a little wider than a balance beam. Steve Harrison And Gavin Off, charlotteobserver, "Residents say a death 'has to happen for the city to make changes.' They may be right.," 19 June 2018 Inside, seats have been removed to make room for a colorful gymnasium, with a balance beam, mini trampoline, rope climbing, rings, inclines, monkey bars and even a zip line that runs the length of the bus, with riders landing in a ball pit. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "It's time to get on the party bus," 24 Jan. 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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