Equilibrium
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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Health consists in the equilibrium between those two powers. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

3. A balancing of the mind between motives or reasons, with consequent indecision and doubt. [1913 Webster]

{Equilibrium valve} (Steam Engine), a balanced valve. See under {Valve}. [1913 Webster]


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