steelyard

noun steel·yard \ ˈstēl-ˌyärd , ˈstil-yərd \

Definition of steelyard

: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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Origin and Etymology of steelyard

probably from 3steel + 4yard (rod)


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