Equilibrium meaning

ēkwə-lĭbrē-əm, ĕkwə-
Equilibrium is defined as a state of balance or a stable situation where opposing forces cancel each other out and where no changes are occurring.

An example of equilibrium is in economics when supply and demand are equal.

An example of equilibrium is when you are calm and steady.

An example of equilibrium is when hot air and cold air are entering the room at the same time so that the overall temperature of the room does not change at all.

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The state of a body or physical system at rest or in unaccelerated motion in which the resultant of all forces acting on it is zero and the sum of all torques about any axis is zero.
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Mental or emotional balance.
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A state of balance or equality between opposing forces.
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A condition in which all acting influences are canceled by others, resulting in a stable, balanced, or unchanging system.
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The state of a body or physical system that is at rest or in constant and unchanging motion. A system that is in equilibrium shows no tendency to alter over time. &diamf3; If a system is in static equilibrium , there are no net forces and no net torque in the system. &diamf3; If a system is in stable equilibrium , small disturbances to the system cause only a temporary change before it returns to its original state.
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A state of balance or adjustment of conflicting desires, interests, etc.
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The state of a reversible chemical reaction in which its forward and reverse reactions occur at equal rates so that the concentration of the reactants and products remains the same.
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(physics) The state of a body at rest or in uniform motion in which the resultant of all forces on it is zero.
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(chemistry) The state of a reaction in which the rates of the forward and reverse reactions are the same.
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The condition of a system in which competing influences are balanced, resulting in no net change.
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The condition in a reversible chemical reaction in which the products of the reaction are consumed by the reverse reaction at the same rate as they are formed, and there is no net change in the concentrations of the products or the reactants.
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The stage of a radioactive material at which the rate of disintegration and the rate of formation are equal for each intermediate product in the radioactive decay series.
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Mental balance.
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Origin of equilibrium

  • Latin aequilībrium aequi- equi- lībra balance

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin æquilībrium, from æquus (“equal”) + lībra (“balance”).

    From Wiktionary