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A person who performs feats of balance, such as tightrope walking.

[French équilibriste, from équilibre, equilibrium, from Latin aequilībrium; see equilibrium.]

e·quil′i·bris′tic adj.


(Professions) a person who performs balancing feats, esp on a high wire
eˌquiliˈbristic adj


(ɪˈkwɪl ə brɪst, ˌi kwəˈlɪb rɪst, ˌɛk wə-)

a performer skilled at feats of balancing, as a tightrope walker.
[1750–60; < French]
e•quil`i•bris′tic, adj.


one who performs feats that require an unusual sense of balance, as a tightrope walker.
See also: Acrobatics, Performing
References in classic literature ?
That gentleman was a sort of Barnum, the director of a troupe of mountebanks, jugglers, clowns, acrobats, equilibrists, and gymnasts, who, according to the placard, was giving his last performances before leaving the Empire of the Sun for the States of the Union.
The performance was much like all acrobatic displays; but it must be confessed that the Japanese are the first equilibrists in the world.
In this exhibition, there was the brilliant Hannah Ryggen, whose fearless antitotalitarian textiles mix experimentalism with ancient Norwegian craftsmanship; the equilibrist portraitist Laserstein; and Lohse-Wachtler, extraordinary for her emotionally charged, pathological renderings.
The most subtly witty picture in this exhibition is perhaps Portrait of an Equilibrist (Fig.
One track is his old fascination of exploring deeply intense glazing, with all possible variations of a strictly limited spectrum of colour and the other is his equilibrist search for perfection of a certain form.
The founders' thought was heavily imbued with equilibrist notions of all sorts, but in the operation of the old European system they saw nothing but danger.