a narrow wooden rail about 16 feet (5 meters) long and 4 inches (10 cm) wide, set horizontally on upright posts about 4 feet (1.2 meters) from the floor, used for performing feats of balancing and demonstrating gymnastic ability.
a competitive gymnastic event for women in which such an apparatus is used.
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Origin of balance beam
First recorded in 1945–50
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Examples from the Web for balance beam
A connecting rod worked a balance-beam, which worked the air-pump, feed-pump, and plug-rod for moving the valves.
Mr. Jump, a director on the mine, pointed out a balance-beam that Mr. Trevithick had put up thirty years before.