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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


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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.
Tenders are invited for Unloading, Stacking & Loading Contract for Steel & other miscellaneous handling at Steelyard and other stores of NSTPP
A cast iron steelyard balance - a weight balance rod - was also dug up in a garden in Cleckheaton.
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They weighed the meteorite using a giant steelyard balance, which displayed 1,256lb (570kg) before it broke.
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