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[ih-kwil-uh-breyt, ee-kwuh-lahy-breyt, ek-wuh-]
verb (used with object), e·quil·i·brat·ed, e·quil·i·brat·ing.
  1. to balance equally; keep in equipoise or equilibrium.
  2. to be in equilibrium with; counterpoise.
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verb (used without object), e·quil·i·brat·ed, e·quil·i·brat·ing.
  1. to be in equilibrium; balance.
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Origin of equilibrate

1625–35; < Late Latin aequilībrātus, past participle of aequilībrāre to be in equilibrium; see -ate1
Related formse·quil·i·bra·tion, noune·quil·i·bra·tor, nounun·e·quil·i·brat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for equilibration

Historical Examples

  • It contains the three elements; integration, differentiation and equilibration.

    Evolution in Modern Thought

    Ernst Haeckel

  • Of these values, as of all values, however, the law of equilibration holds.

    The Value of Money

    Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.

  • The goodness of an act is thus a matter of equilibration or adjustment of the elements of an individual's nature.

  • When she is coaxing her child to walk, she is not making a theoretic exposition of the science of equilibration.

  • Equilibration is the final result of these transformations which an evolving aggregate undergoes.

    Herbert Spencer

    J. Arthur Thomson

British Dictionary definitions for equilibration


  1. to bring to or be in equilibrium; balance
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Derived Formsequilibration (ˌiːkwɪlaɪˈbreɪʃən, ɪˌkwɪlɪ-), nounequilibrator (ɪˈkwɪlɪˌbreɪtə), noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin aequilībrāre, from aequilībris in balance; see equilibrium
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equilibration in Medicine


  1. The development or maintenance of an equilibrium.
  2. The process of exposing a liquid to a gas that is at a certain partial pressure until the partial pressures of the gas inside and outside the liquid are equal.
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