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steelyard

[ steel-yahrd, stil-yerd ]
/ ˈstilˌyɑrd, ˈstɪl yərd /
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noun

a portable balance with two unequal arms, the longer one having a movable counterpoise and the shorter one bearing a hook or the like for holding the object to be weighed.

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Origin of steelyard

First recorded in 1630–40; steel + yard1
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British Dictionary definitions for steelyard

steelyard
/ (ˈstiːlˌjɑːd) /

noun

a portable balance consisting of a pivoted bar with two unequal arms. The load is suspended from the shorter one and the bar is returned to the horizontal by adding weights to the longer one
C17: from steel + yard 1 (in the archaic sense: a rod or pole)
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