Definition of Steelyard

1. Noun. A portable balance consisting of a pivoted bar with arms of unequal length.

Exact synonyms: Beam Scale, Lever Scale
Generic synonyms: Balance



Definition of Steelyard

1. n. A form of balance in which the body to be weighed is suspended from the shorter arm of a lever, which turns on a fulcrum, and a counterpoise is caused to slide upon the longer arm to produce equilibrium, its place upon this arm (which is notched or graduated) indicating the weight; a Roman balance; -- very commonly used also in the plural form, steelyards.

Definition of Steelyard

1. Noun. A transportable balance with unequal arm lengths. ¹

2. Noun. A place where steel (and possibly other metals as well) is stored and sold. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Steelyard

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Steelyard

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Literary usage of Steelyard

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"X the knife-edge on which the load R is hung, and H the centre of gravity of the weights to the r;^ht oí Z, viz. the weight, VV, of the steelyard acting at ..."

2. A Treatise on Analytical Statics: With Numerous Examples by Edward John Routh (1896)
"In the Danish steelyard the weights P and Q act at fixed points of the lever, ... Thus in the common steelyard the distances of the graduations from a ..."

3. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1842)
"Various modifications of the steelyard have been contrived for delicate scientific purposes, or for adapting it te the purpose of weighing very heavy bodies ..."

4. An Elementary Treatise on Analytic Mechanics by Edward Albert Bowser (1884)
"The steelyard.—This is a kind of balance in which the arms ... To Graduate the Common steelyard.—(1) When the point of suspension is coincident with the ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"If Z be above the line XH, the steelyard is " vibrating "; ie it wilt sway or vibrate up and down, ultimately coming to rest in its position of equilibrium. ..."

6. An Introduction to Natural Philosophy: Designed as a Text-book, for the Use by Denison Olmsted (1854)
"The steelyard is a lever having unequal arms, in which the same body is made to ... But the balance is susceptible of more sensibility than the steelyard, ..."

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