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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.
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(Professions) a person who performs balancing feats, esp on a high wire
eˌquiliˈbristic adj
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(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.
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one who performs feats that require an unusual sense of balance, as a tightrope walker.
See also: Acrobatics, Performing
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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.
The comic juggling group from Italy will perform in Dubai's malls featuring equilibrist performers and comedy animation.
I found people to be very friendly and the sunshine is flattering too." Other performances such as 'Lord of the Fire' by pole equilibrist Roman Kronzhko and 'Heels Flight' done by a trapeze artist duo Evgeny Pisarev and Maria Syulgina, who also did an illusory act called 'Quick Change', were liked very much by the audience.
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.
Within this equilibrist existence, external manifestations of behavior produced as a response to the scientifically based requirements demanded by candidates' teaching positions operate in tandem with a proportionate display of feeling and emotion in response to students with whom they relate.
Florian Zumkehr, a shaggy-haired swiss equilibrist, was memorable in an early chair-balancing section.
"At the circus, I was chosen to start my training as an equilibrist. Walking on a wire under the dome of the circus was one of the main tasks for an equilibrist.
"At the circus, I was chosen to start my training as an equilibrist. Walking on a wire under the dome of the circus was one of the main tasks for an equilibrist, but when my father saw his four-year-old daughter balancing on a rope, admittedly only about a foot above the ground, he decided that dance is a much safer hobby for his child."