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 Chiles also would be the obvious choice to join Biles and Lee on balance beam, but her woes Sunday could require a change. David Barron, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 July 2021 Scheid won the balance beam event in Division 1 with a score of 9.5 after winning the uneven bars last year. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 13 Mar. 2022 Sarah Beth is the new Head of Household after winning the balance beam competition. Dalton Ross,, 20 Aug. 2021 Biles, a seven-time Olympic medalist, ended up to returning to the competition in Tokyo, earning bronze in the balance beam event. CBS News, 8 Aug. 2021 Biles withdrew from the all-around, vault, floor and uneven bars individual events before making a comeback on the balance beam event and winning bronze — her 7th Olympic medal, tying her for the most medals won by a U.S. gymnast. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2021 Biles wins bronze: The best-ever female American gymnast finished Tokyo 2020 on a high note, taking home the bronze medal in the individual balance beam event. CNN, 4 Aug. 2021 The singer paid tribute to the Olympic Champion in a heartwarming video ahead of Simone's balance beam event on Tuesday. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 4 Aug. 2021 Simone Biles made her triumphant return to the Olympics on August 3, taking home a bronze medal in the balance beam competition. Christopher Ros, Glamour, 4 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of balance beam

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jul 2022

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“Balance beam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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