Definition of equalizer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈiːkwəlʌɪzə/
(also equaliser)


1A thing which has an equalizing effect: education is the great equalizer
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  • ‘The Web is absolutely the great equalizer,’ he said.
  • The crisis that struck in mid-1997 was a great equalizer, along with the popularity of the ‘back to nature’ movement starting in the West.
  • Wealthy motorists frustrated by the great equalizer, traffic jams, will pioneer a brand new gimmick: motorcycle motorcades for millionaires.
1.1British A goal that levels the score in the game: his second goal was the equalizer
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  • These days, they score a goal and hope to stop their opponents from scoring an equaliser.
  • Defoe set up Cole for the second equaliser before scoring the winner.
  • Aspell crowned a good game by scoring the equaliser.
2North American informal A weapon, especially a gun.
Example sentences
  • Colt claimed that his guns were the ‘great equalizers.’
  • Nuclear weapons, chemical weapons and missiles are viewed, probably erroneously, as the potential equalizer of superior Western conventional power.
  • More often than not, the real equalizer was his gun.
3 Electronics A passive network designed to modify a frequency response, especially to compensate for distortion.
Example sentences
  • This panel would then be connected through a patchbay to a microphone, line and program amplifiers, equalizers and echo sends.
  • A second equalizer and adjuster circuit to equalize the timed sample sequence for detection and to adjust the gain of the amplifier and the timing of the sampler operates in a user data segment of the signal.
  • By separating the equalization of the signal to separate equalizers, the cost of the equalization can be reduced without substantially affecting performance.
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