balance beam: Meaning and Definition of

bal'ance beam"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a narrow wooden rail about 16 ft. (5 m) long and 4 in. (10 cm) wide, set horizontally on upright posts about 4 ft. (1.2 m) from the floor, used for performing feats of balancing and demonstrating gymnastic ability.
  2. a competitive gymnastic event for women in which such an apparatus is used.
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