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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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Historical Examples

  • The equilibrator, relied upon both for storage room and as a regulator of the altitude of the ship, proved a fatal attachment.

    Aircraft and Submarines

    Willis J. Abbot.

  • Another prominent feature of the mechanism is what is termed an equilibrator.

    Practical Cinematography and Its Applications

    Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot

British Dictionary definitions for equilibrator


  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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