Definition of equilibrate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkwiləˌbrāt/


[with object] technical
1Bring into or keep in equilibrium.
Example sentences
  • Initially, a single protonated surfactin molecule was equilibrated in vacuum.
  • The cell was equilibrated in the bath solution for several minutes before starting the recording.
  • A fully hydrated, equilibrated POPC membrane, consisting of 128 POPC molecules and 4480 water molecules, was used as a starting structure.
1.1 [no object] Approach or attain a state of equilibrium.
Example sentences
  • Stem tissue was allowed to equilibrate for 30 min before starting the NMR analysis and the spectra were recorded at 121.49 MHz using a double-tuned C / P 10 mm diameter probehead as described previously.
  • When the change in weight of the samples was less than 0.5%, the sample dishes were sealed and allowed to equilibrate for 12-14 h (usually overnight).
  • At each temperature and composition, the system was allowed to equilibrate for at least 1 nanosecond; equilibrium properties were accumulated over simulations of at least 10 nanoseconds.



Pronunciation: /əˌkwiləˈbrāSHən/ Pronunciation: /eˌkwiləˈbrāSHən/ Pronunciation: /ēˌkwiləˈbrāSHən/
Example sentences
  • For these reasons, plus the fact that mesophase transitions and unit cell size equilibrations can be tardy, quantitative comparisons of the Persson et al. study and the current study are not warranted.
  • Fig.3 shows the system after 1 ns of equilibration in preparation for IMD.
  • It is likely that the equilibration would be less rapid in patients with empyema of longer standing, since the pleura would tend to be thicker in these patients.


Mid 17th century: from late Latin aequilibrat- 'made to balance', from the verb aequilibrare, from aequi- 'equally' + libra 'balance'.

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Syllabification: e·quil·i·brate

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