steel·​yard ˈstēl-ˌyärd How to pronounce steelyard (audio)
: a balance in which an object to be weighed is suspended from the shorter arm of a lever and the weight determined by moving a counterpoise along a graduated scale on the longer arm until equilibrium is attained

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Examples of steelyard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The heavily laden vessel voyaged to Barbados, resupplied for nine days at sea, then steamed off for the steelyards of Baltimore. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2018

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Word History


probably from steel entry 3 + yard entry 4 (rod)

First Known Use

1639, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of steelyard was in 1639

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“Steelyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


steel·​yard ˈstē(ə)l-ˌyärd How to pronounce steelyard (audio)
: a balance on which something to be weighed is hung from the shorter arm of a lever and is balanced by a weight that slides along the longer arm which is marked with a scale
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