profile of equilibrium

Definition of profile of equilibrium

  1. 1 :  the longitudinal profile of a stream whose smooth gradient is so adjusted to volume of water and amount and nature of load as to be maintained in approximate equilibrium while erosion and transportation continue :  a graded profile

  2. 2 :  the slope away from shore of a sea floor or lake bottom having a gradient such that waves and currents neither erode it downward nor deposit sediment upon it

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