balance beam

noun
Updated on: 16 May 2018

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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First Known Use of balance beam

1894

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of balance beam for English Language Learners

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


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