steelyard

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

Definition of steelyard

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of steelyard

probably from 3steel + 4yard (rod)


First Known Use: 1639

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