Definitions of equilibrium

  1. equality of distribution
  2. a chemical reaction and its reverse proceed at equal rates
  3. Equality of weight or force; an equipoise or a state of rest produced by the mutual counteraction of two or more forces.
  4. 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.
  5. A balancing of the mind between motives or reasons, with consequent indecision and doubt.
  6. Equality of weight, power, force, etc.; equipoise or balance.
  7. In mech. equipoise; equality of weight or force: a state of rest produced by the mutual counteraction of two or more forces, as the state of the two ends of a lever or balance, when both are charged with equal weight, and they maintain an even or level position, parallel to the horizon; when two or more forces acting upon a body are so opposed to each other that the body remains at rest, although one of them would move it if acting alone, those forces are said to be in equilibrium, that is, equally balanced: a suite of just poise; a position of due balance; as, to preserve the equilibrium of the body; take care you do not lose your equilibrium: in the fine arts, ( a) the just poise or balance of a figure or other object so that it may appear to stand firmly, ( b) the due equipoise of objects, lights, shadows, etc.: equal diffusion or distribution, as of temperature, which all bodies on the earth tend to produce, of the electric fluid in its natural undisturbed state, etc.: equal balancing of the mind between motives or reasons; a state of indifference or of doubt, when the mind is suspended in indecision, between different motives or the different forces of evidence: equality of influence or effect; due or just relationship.
  8. Equality of weight or force; evenness of balance.
  9. Even poise or balance.
  10. Equality of weight, power, or force, & c.; a state of rest resulting from the action of two opposite and equal forces.
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