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 search of the equalizer, Belgium repeatedly sent over crosses from both wings but Umtiti and Varane used their bodies cleverly to hold off Fellaini and Lukaku. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "France edges Belgium to reach World Cup final," 10 July 2018 In search of the equalizer, Belgium repeatedly sent over crosses from both wings, but Umtiti and Varane, both center backs, used their bodies cleverly to hold off Fellaini and Lukaku. Stephen Douglas, BostonGlobe.com, "France reaches World Cup final with win over Belgium," 10 July 2018 Switzerland pressed for an equalizer, with Xherdan Shaqiri particularly active down the right wing. The Associated Press, New York Times, "Sweden Makes World Cup Quarterfinals for First Time Since 1994," 5 July 2018 Germany went in search of the equalizer right out of the halftime locker room, and its best chance came nine minutes in, when Julian Draxler's chance by the left post was blocked by Carlos Salcedo, who steered the shot just wide of the post. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "WATCH: Chucky Lozano Gives Mexico World Cup Win Over Germany," 17 June 2018 But news of Crotone's equalizer filtered through to the home fans and that seemed to inspire Napoli as Raul Albiol headed in a corner to put Napoli back on level terms. Daniella Matar, chicagotribune.com, "Serie A Recap: Napoli close gap on Juventus ahead of weekend showdown," 18 Apr. 2018 Striker Nolan Roux scored both for Metz either side of an equalizer from Italy striker Mario Balotelli. USA TODAY, "Cavani becomes PSG all-time top scorer with 157," 27 Jan. 2018 But the club allowed an equalizer in the 64th minute before losing in extra time. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo hope to correct late miscues with consecutive home games," 2 July 2018 Liverpool nearly grabbed an equalizer in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time, when Roberto Firmino headed against the post. USA TODAY, "Premier League: Liverpool loses at last-place Swansea in shocker," 22 Jan. 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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