balance beam

noun

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 Arkansas turned in all strong landings but one in the big balance beam rotation, posting a 49.45 to narrow its deficit against the Tigers to 0.275. Tom Murphy, arkansasonline.com, 24 Mar. 2024 She was slated to compete in three of the four events on Saturday — vault, balance beam, and floor exercise — and would have faced reigning Olympic all-around champion, Sunisa Lee, in senior competition for the first time. Kaetlyn Liddy, NBC News, 22 Feb. 2024 Johanna De Jesus Dos Santos is a French gymnast who was the 2021 European balance beam champion, 2019 European all-around champion, and the 2017 and 2018 French national champion. The Enquirer, 7 Mar. 2024 Johanna De Jesus Dos Santos, French gymnast who was the 2021 European balance beam champion, 2019 European all-around champion, and the 2017 and 2018 French national champion. Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 6 Mar. 2024 The individual apparatus finals for vault and uneven bars are scheduled for Oct. 7 and balance beam and floor finals are scheduled for the final day of competition Oct. 8. Kaetlyn Liddy, NBC News, 4 Oct. 2023 In the all-around final, gymnasts must compete on all four events: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor. Kaetlyn Liddy, NBC News, 6 Oct. 2023 Getty Images Reigning Olympic champion Sunisa Lee, who has spent most of the year battling a kidney issue her doctors are still trying to get a handle on, could have a chance as a specialist after putting together a solid balance beam routine. CBS News, 27 Aug. 2023 Biles will be joined by Jones in the all-around, floor, uneven bars and balance beam finals. Kaetlyn Liddy, NBC News, 4 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of balance beam was in 1894

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“Balance beam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balance%20beam. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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balance beam

noun
: a narrow wooden beam supported in a horizontal position above the floor and used for balancing feats in gymnastics

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