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steelyard


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Steelyard  \Steel"yard\,  n.  [So  named  from  a  place  in  London 
  called  the  Steelyard,  which  was  a  yard  in  which  steel  was 
  sold.] 
  A  form  of  balance  in  which  the  body  to  be  weighed  is 
  suspended  from  the  shorter  arm  of  a  lever,  which  turns  on  a 
  fulcrum,  and  a  counterpoise  is  caused  to  slide  upon  the 
  longer  arm  to  produce  equilibrium,  its  place  upon  this  arm 
  (which  is  notched  or  graduated)  indicating  the  weight;  a 
  Roman  balance;  --  very  commonly  used  also  in  the  plural  form 
  steelyards. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  steelyard 
  n  :  a  portable  balance  consisting  of  a  pivoted  bar  with  arms  of 
  unequal  length  [syn:  {beam  scale}] 




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