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equilibrist

[ih-kwil-uh-brist, ee-kwuh-lib-rist, ek-wuh-] /ɪˈkwɪl ə brɪst, ˌi kwəˈlɪb rɪst, ˌɛk wə-/
noun
1.
a performer who is skilled at balancing in unusual positions and hazardous movements, as a tightrope walker in a circus.
Origin of equilibrist
1750-1760
From the French word équilibriste, dating back to 1750-60. See equilibrium, -ist
Related forms
equilibristic, adjective
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  • The equilibrist does not require the same effort in his work.

    Acrobats and Mountebanks Hugues Le Roux
  • The lowest step of equilibrist art is the globe performance.

    Acrobats and Mountebanks Hugues Le Roux
  • Can we say that the equilibrist is really victorious over the vertigo?

    Acrobats and Mountebanks Hugues Le Roux
  • It is not only a question of averting the danger of maternity, which ends the artistic career of an equilibrist.

    Acrobats and Mountebanks Hugues Le Roux
  • The equilibrist balances his shoulders and nape upon it, and then raises both legs at a right angle.

    Acrobats and Mountebanks Hugues Le Roux
  • After much observation I am convinced that it would be more accurate to write that the vertigo conquers the equilibrist.

    Acrobats and Mountebanks Hugues Le Roux
  • Now recall the succession of acts which the equilibrist accomplishes in his work.

    Acrobats and Mountebanks Hugues Le Roux
  • Trewey is nowhere as an equilibrist, compared to a gallant veteran who breakfasted at my table, this morning.

British Dictionary definitions for equilibrist

equilibrist

/ɪˈkwɪlɪbrɪst/
noun
1.
a person who performs balancing feats, esp on a high wire
Derived Forms
equilibristic, adjective
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