a balance, or scale, consisting of a metal arm suspended from above by a pivot close to one end: the object to be weighed is hung from the shorter end and a sliding weight is moved along the graduated longer end until the whole arm balances
Origin of steelyardsteel + yard (in obsolete sense of “rod, bar”)
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.
Origin of steelyardsteel + yard1, rod.
- A transportable balance with unequal arm lengths.
- A place where steel (possibly other metals as well) is stored and sold.