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


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.

Words nearby steelyard

Origin of steelyard

First recorded in 1630–40; steel + yard1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for steelyard

/ (ˈstiːlˌjɑːd) /


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

Word Origin for steelyard

C17: from steel + yard 1 (in the archaic sense: a rod or pole)
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