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 Lee, who finished second to Biles at the 2019 U.S. championships, fought through injuries to compile the best two-day uneven bars score and second-best (to Biles) on the balance beam. Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 There are now four exceedingly challenging moves named after her, CBS explains, one on the balance beam, one on the vault, and two on the floor. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 7 June 2021 Just as her double-twisting, double somersault on balance beam was undervalued. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 23 May 2021 McCallum made her season debut at the American Classic in April but performed only on balance beam. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 Along the way, participants will find challenges such as a tire obstacle, a balance beam, a ball toss, a crawl through and a log-walk., 14 May 2021 And on the balance beam, Blanco scored an identical 9.9625 to grab that championship. Michael Casagrande |, al, 17 Apr. 2021 Lexi Graber won the floor exercise title while Luisa Blanco took the balance beam crown during the semifinals. Michael Casagrande |, al, 17 Apr. 2021 Utah won the second rotation by scoring 49.7000 on the balance beam, but Michigan maintained the overall lead with a 49.6500 on the vault, also the best team score in the exercise on the day. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr. 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Balance beam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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