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equilibrist

[ih-kwil-uh-brist, ee-kwuh-lib-rist, ek-wuh-]
noun
  1. a performer who is skilled at balancing in unusual positions and hazardous movements, as a tightrope walker in a circus.
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Origin of equilibrist

From the French word équilibriste, dating back to 1750–60. See equilibrium, -ist
Related formse·quil·i·bris·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for equilibrist

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • Can we say that the equilibrist is really victorious over the vertigo?

  • It is not only a question of averting the danger of maternity, which ends the artistic career of an equilibrist.

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


British Dictionary definitions for equilibrist

equilibrist

noun
  1. a person who performs balancing feats, esp on a high wire
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Derived Formsequilibristic, adjective
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