equal·iz·er | \ ˈē-kwə-ˌlī-zər \

Definition of equalizer 

: one that equalizes: such as

a : a score that ties a game

b : an electronic device (as in a sound-reproducing system) used to adjust response to different audio frequencies

Examples of equalizer in a Sentence

He scored the equalizer in the 60th minute.

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In the 10 minutes after the equalizer, Croatia could have scored twice more, with Perisic nearly adding a second on a blistering low shot that came back off the right post. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Croatia Stuns England in Extra Time to Advance to World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 Right back Sime Vrsaljko, who delivered the cross that brought the equalizer and cleared a John Stones header off the line in extra time, was reduced by the end to a painful hobble. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Croatia's Character, Resiliency on Full Display in Shocking Run to World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 From the moment Kieran Trippier stroked in a beautiful free kick in the fifth minute until Ivan Perisic converted a highly-skilled equalizer with 22 minutes of regulation remaining, a spot in the final was England’s to lose. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why England's World Cup pain hurts so much," 11 July 2018 After a few near-misses, Leon was able to notch the equalizer in the 66th minute when Walter Gonzalez corralled a bad Pachuca clearance and easily found the back of the net. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "C.F. Pachuca beats Club Leon in third-ever friendly at Miller Park," 11 July 2018 Sleeper team: The April weather that disrupted so many teams’ seasons might end up being the equalizer for Gladstone, which is seeking to be the state’s first champion to hail from the Upper Peninsula. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school baseball state championship predictions," 13 June 2018 Justin Bour provided the equalizer twice in the game, first in the bottom half of the sixth inning with an RBI single that scored J.T. Realmuto. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Justin Bour's big hits highlight another resilient Marlins comeback win over the Giants," 13 June 2018 The immediate impact of Karius' blunder was offset by Mane's equalizer in the 55th. Rob Harris, courant.com, "Bale's Scissor-Kick Gives Madrid 3rd Straight European Title," 26 May 2018 Three minutes after that, Lindsay Clarke found Lily Cavallaro in front of the net, and Cavallaro finished the equalizer. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Glenelg girls lacrosse survives Hereford to win third straight state championship," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of equalizer

1792, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of equalizer

: something that makes people or things equal

sports : a score (such as a point, goal, or run) that ties a game

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