equal·​iz·​er | \ ˈē-kwə-ˌlī-zər How to pronounce equalizer (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Rudolf Mensah is the young player who scored the second-half equalizer against Atlanta United in the preseason. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Birmingham Legion FC lands heated rival Memphis for first game," 2 July 2020 The Galaxy Buds, for example, have decent bass, which can be improved using an in-app equalizer. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "These Veho True Wireless Earphones deliver on value at the cost of bass," 29 June 2020 Five minutes later, Lindsey Horan's long-range pass found Simone Naomi Charley for a header that landed in the top of the goal for the equalizer. Aria Gerson, USA TODAY, "North Carolina Courage beats Portland Thorns in to kickstart NWSL Challenge Cup," 27 June 2020 For the nomads, the great equalizer for women was the crucial combination of horses with archery. National Geographic, "The fierce Amazons were more than just a myth—they were real," 18 June 2020 In that way, the pandemic has become the great equalizer. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, "For two hours at Grand Park, Tucker Barnhart helped us pretend baseball was back," 12 June 2020 These numbers make clear that the novel coronavirus is not a great equalizer–posing the same risk to everyone regardless of race. Khiara M. Bridges, Time, "The Many Ways Institutional Racism Kills Black People," 11 June 2020 As a killer, the coronavirus is an equalizer with no discrimination whatsoever for color, creed, gender, culture, status, occupation or nationality. Uma Majmudar, ajc, "Lifting one another up during difficult times," 4 June 2020 Musholt likes a versatile piece of equipment called a Lebert equalizer, which can be used as an overhead weight, a step stool, dip bars, and so forth. Adrienne So, Wired, "Fitness 101: Our Guide to Working Out From Home," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of equalizer

1792, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jul 2020

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“Equalizer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/equalizer. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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