steelyard

noun
steel·​yard | \ ˈstēl-ˌyärd How to pronounce steelyard (audio) , 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 See More

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First Known Use of steelyard

1639, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for steelyard

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

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“Steelyard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steelyard. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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