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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Equilibrium  \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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  equilibrium 
  n  1:  a  stable  situation  in  which  forces  cancel  one  another  [ant: 
  {disequilibrium}] 
  2:  a  chemical  reaction  and  its  reverse  proceed  at  equal  rates 
  [syn:  {chemical  equilibrium}] 
  3:  equality  of  distribution  [syn:  {balance},  {equipoise},  {counterbalance}] 
  4:  a  sensory  system  located  in  structures  of  the  inner  ear  that 
  registers  the  orientation  of  the  head  [syn:  {labyrinthine 
  sense},  {vestibular  sense},  {sense  of  balance},  {sense  of 
  equilibrium}] 




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