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Other Equilibrium Definition

[n] a sensory system located in structures of the inner ear that registers the orientation of the head
[n] a chemical reaction and its reverse proceed at equal rates
[n] equality of distribution
[n] a stable situation in which forces cancel one another

Antonyms

disequilibrium

Misc. Definitions

\E`qui*lib"ri*um\, n.; pl. E. {Equilibriums}, L. {Equilibria}. [L. aequilibrium, fr. aequilibris in equilibrium, level; aequus equal + libra balance. See {Equal}, and {Librate}.]
1. Equality of weight or force; an equipoise or a state of rest produced by the mutual counteraction of two or more forces.
2. A level position; a just poise or balance in respect to an object, so that it remains firm; equipoise; as, to preserve the equilibrium of the body. Health consists in the equilibrium between those two powers. --Arbuthnot.
3. A balancing of the mind between motives or reasons, with consequent indecision and doubt. {Equilibrium valve} (Steam Engine), a balanced valve. See under {Valve}.

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