Definition of steelyard in English:

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steelyard

Pronunciation: /ˈstiːljɑːd/
/ˈstɪljəd/

noun

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An apparatus for weighing that has a short arm taking the item to be weighed and a long graduated arm along which a weight is moved until it balances.
Example sentences
  • The patented invention for which he is best known, and which was the basis for his success as a manufacturer, was for the steelyard (a weighing device), which bears his name.
  • Dr Henig has suggested that the figurine could have been cast from a clay mould made with a bronze fitting of a jug handle or a steelyard weight.
  • These patents were for a steelyard, a candlestick, the anglet, a mason's hoist for bricks and mortar, and a balance (scale).

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