Equilibrium valve
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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  • Equilibrium valve — Valve Valve, n. [L. valva the leaf, fold, or valve of a door: cf. F. valve.] [1913 Webster] 1. A door; especially, one of a pair of folding doors, or one of the leaves of such a door. [1913 Webster] Swift through the valves the visionary fair… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • equilibrium valve — (in a reciprocating engine) a valve opening a passage from one end of a cylinder to the other to equalize pressure upon both faces of the piston. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • equilibrium valve — (in a reciprocating engine) a valve opening a passage from one end of a cylinder to the other to equalize pressure upon both faces of the piston. [1870 75] …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Valve — Valve, n. [L. valva the leaf, fold, or valve of a door: cf. F. valve.] [1913 Webster] 1. A door; especially, one of a pair of folding doors, or one of the leaves of such a door. [1913 Webster] Swift through the valves the visionary fair Repassed …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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