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A balance consisting of a scaled arm suspended off center, a hook at the shorter end on which to hang the object being weighed, and a counterbalance at the longer end that can be moved to find the weight.

[steel + yard, rod.]


(General Engineering) 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
[C17: from steel + yard1 (in the archaic sense: a rod or pole)]


(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.
[1630–40; appar. steel + yard1 (in sense “rod”)]


A weighing scale in which the object to be weighed was suspended near the end of the shorter arm of a straight pivoted beam and a light counterbalancing weight (Poise) moved along the longer arm until the beam was balanced. Also, see Cotton scale.
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Noun1.Steelyard - a portable balance consisting of a pivoted bar with arms of unequal lengthsteelyard - a portable balance consisting of a pivoted bar with arms of unequal length
balance - a scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity


[ˈstiːljɑːd] Nromana f


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[ˈstiːlˌjɑːd] nstadera
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It is needless to say that a scale would not show this loss; for the weight destined to weight the object would have lost exactly as much as the object itself; but a spring steelyard for example, the tension of which was independent of the attraction, would have given a just estimate of this loss.
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Our technical service teams worked at the steelyard in China and at the construction site in the UK to oversee the application and ensure the coatings were applied accurately and efficiently."
Last month, through its relationship with Steelyard, Kas opened its line to interior designers for the first time, she said.
"As pictured, the hook on the left is flattened on the inside to rest in notches of a steelyard type scale," B.Z.
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Precise measurements of loading are read from a sensitive steelyard. Metallic specimens up to 6m long can be tested in tension or compression, and bending tests of up to a 10m span are possible.
An emissary from the Hanseatic towns visited London in the summer of 1659, but his business was the 'Steelyard', the Hanse trading enclave in the city, and there is no evidence of a treaty or agreement being discussed.
A cast iron steelyard balance - a weight balance rod - was also dug up in a garden in Cleckheaton.