noun, plural e·qui·lib·ri·ums, e·qui·lib·ri·a [ee-kwuh-lib-ree-uh, ek-wuh-]. /ˌi kwəˈlɪb ri ə, ˌɛk wə-/.
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Origin of equilibrium
OTHER WORDS FROM equilibriume·quil·i·bra·to·ry [ih-kwil-uh-bruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, ee-kwuh-lib-ruh-, ek-wuh-], /ɪˈkwɪl ə brəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˌi kwəˈlɪb rə-, ˌɛk wə-/, adjectivenon·e·qui·lib·ri·um, noun
Example sentences from the Web for equilibrium
The equilibria of these modifications may be readily represented on a pressure-temperature diagram.
These equilibria were maintained a sufficient length of time to enable them to be photographed.The Problems of Psychical Research|Hereward Carrington
The lowest portion of the curve, AB, represents the equilibria between ice and solutions containing ferric chloride.
Form in painting, like the eternal readjustments and equilibria of life, is but an approximation to stability.Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning|Willard Huntington Wright
In another series of equilibria which can be obtained, carbon is one of the solid phases.
British Dictionary definitions for equilibrium
noun plural -riums or -ria (-rɪə)
Word Origin for equilibrium
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Plural equilibriums equilibria
Cultural definitions for equilibrium (1 of 2)
In economics, a state of the economy in which for every commodity or service (including labor), total supply and demand are exactly equal. Equilibrium is never actually attained; it is approximated by movements of the market.
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Cultural definitions for equilibrium (2 of 2)
A condition in which all influences acting cancel each other, so that a static or balanced situation results. In physics, equilibrium results from the cancellation of forces acting on an object. In chemistry, it occurs when chemical reactions are proceeding in such a way that the amount of each substance in a system remains the same. (See chemical equilibrium.)