equilibrium

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From Latin aequilībrium, from equal + lībra (balance).[1]

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equilibrium (plural equilibriums or equilibria)

  1. The condition of a system in which competing influences are balanced, resulting in no net change.
  2. Mental balance.
  3. (chemistry) The state of a reaction in which the rates of the forward and reverse reactions are the same.
  4. (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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  • (a condition of a system in which competing influences are balanced): balance, stability
  • (mental balance): sanity

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  • (in physics): heat death (thermodynamic equilibrium state of maximum entropy)

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  1. 1.0 1.1 equilibrium” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.]