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.
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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.
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Health consists in the equilibrium between those two powers.
Arbuthnot.
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3. A balancing of the mind between motives or reasons, with consequent indecision and doubt.
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Equilibrium valve (Steam Engine), a balanced valve. See under Valve.
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