Definition of 'equilibrium'


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1. chemistry The state of a reaction in which the rates of the forward and reverse reactions are the same.

2. Mental balance.

3. physics The state of a body at rest or in uniform motion in which the resultant of all forces on it is zero.

4. The condition of a system in which competing influences are balanced, resulting in no net change.

5. The state of a chemical reaction in which its forward and reverse reactions occur at equal rates so that the concentration of the reactants and products does not change with time.

6. The state of a system in which more than one phase exists and exchange between phases occurs at equal rates so that there is no net change in the composition of the system.

7. Mental or emotional balance.

8. Physics 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.

9. A condition in which all acting influences are canceled by others, resulting in a stable, balanced, or unchanging system.

10. A level position; a just poise or balance in respect to an object, so that it remains firm; equipoise.

11. Equality of weight or force; an equipoise or a state of rest produced by the mutual counteraction of two or more forces.

12. (Steam Engine) a balanced valve. See under Valve.

13. A balancing of the mind between motives or reasons, with consequent indecision and doubt.

14. a stable situation in which forces cancel one another

15. a chemical reaction and its reverse proceed at equal rates

16. a sensory system located in structures of the inner ear that registers the orientation of the head

17. A state of just poise; a position of due balance.

18. The equilibrium of a liquid cooled, out of contact with its solid phase, below the temperature of equilibrium between the liquid and the solid; or of a liquid heated, out of contact with its vapor, above the temperature of equilibrium between the liquid and the vapor having a pressure equal to the actual pressure on the liquid. Water, free from ice, may be cooled many degrees below its usual freezing-point; when brought into contact with a fragment of ice, sometimes when disturbed mechanically, part of the water instantly freezes, and the temperature rises, from that of the labile equilibrium of water alone, to that of the stable equilibrium between water and ice.

19. In the fine arts: The just poise or balance of a figure or other object, making it appear to stand firmly. The properly balanced disposition or arrangement of objects, lights, shadows, etc.

20. Equality of influence or effect; due or just relationship.

21. Unstable equilibrium, when the vertical gradient of temperature in still air is greater than the adiabatic rate in moving air. In this ease the mass of air when once started in vertical motion continues to rise or fall as the case may be, because the thermodynamic change in its own temperature is less than the change actually existing in the surrounding atmosphere. A thunder-storm, with its ascending currents and formation of tall cumuli, illustrates unstable equilibrium.

22. In chem.: An assumed condition of a mass consisting of the same or of different kinds of matter, in which apparently no chemical change is going on, but in which it is imagined that individual atoms are exchanging places with others of exactly similar character, so that in a given (perhaps extremely short) time many molecules may be decomposed and precisely as many molecules, of absolutely similar character, formed.

23. Indifferent or neutral equilibrium, when the vertical gradient of temperature in still air is exactly equal to the adiabatic rate in moving air, and a disturbed mass stays in its new location.

24. The state of balance of any causes, powers, or motives, so that no effect is produced.

25. Equipoise; the state of being equally balanced; a situation of a body in which the forces acting on it balance one another; also, a determination of forces such that they balance one another, so that their resultant vanishes.


1. What will continue to happen in the banking system until equilibrium is reached?

2. What is the general equilibrium price of rubies and emeralds?

3. What is the new equilibrium price of allowances?

4. After various tactical interludes a situation of dynamic equilibrium has been reached.

5. We enter a refreshing balance and equilibrium in life.

6. These moves continue until an equilibrium is reached.

7. What are the new equilibrium price and quantity sold?

8. The goal is to reach an equilibrium that will be better for all.

9. All firms in a perfectly competitive equilibrium situation will be faced with the same prices for capital and labor.

10. Given these endowments, we derive a general equilibrium condition for efficient exchange between these individuals.

11. Thus a point of equilibrium would be reached that "explains "a company's given size.

12. This process would continue until a new long-run equilibrium is reached in both industries.

13. On most matters, equilibrium is reached.

14. But if life were reducing its internal entropy the chemical equilibrium would be disturbed, as it is on earth.

15. If a planet were just a bunch of molecules warmed by the sun, it would be in a chemical equilibrium.

16. For our purposes, it is sufficient to know that we can determine the equilibrium return and thus determine the expected return with the equilibrium condition.

17. Change of scene, and absence of the necessity for thought, will restore the mental equilibrium.

18. But it took a long time for me to restore the mental equilibrium that I had once taken for granted.

19. In this section, we explain the general equilibrium conditions under which goods are efficiently produced and show that a perfectly competitive economy satisfies these conditions.

20. It's a Darwinian process that produces a new equilibrium of lower capacity and restored margins.

21. He wanted to restore the equilibrium, to let his mind catch up with his body back in England.

22. In this picture, a classic of its kind, the pilots and the press reached a new and sullen equilibrium.

23. Those in the stands, at least, could then take a consoling swig on the rum punch to restore their equilibrium.

24. Some scholars use the term "homeostatic emotions" to describe states like fatigue and hunger that provide feedback on the internal condition of our bodies, but the need to maintain equilibrium is broader than that.

25. The intuition behind MM's second invariance theorem, i.e., that dividend policy does not affect the market value of the firm in equilibrium, is also apparent in retrospect.

26. The term equilibrium accurately describes the type of organization established by competition between the different biological species and the environment, but not the more permanent organizations of individuals and groups which we find in human society.

27. Rachel: So the equilibrium is a place populated partly by libertarian escapists, and partly by non-libertarian teachers and nurses and radio dispatchers who work there because none of the escapists could do those jobs (or in sufficient quantities to meet demand)?

28. Ten years ago, this place was at a-- was at a state of what we call equilibrium, where the ice that melted was matched by the gain of ice during winter.

29. He studied the Chinese people, celebrated for their longevity, and he sought for the best methods of maintaining what he called the equilibrium of vital forces.

30. These pre-bubble prices appeared to be a long-term equilibrium, meaning that prices would be expected to return to those levels once the government's efforts to artificially increase homeownership receded.

31. The real world is never in equilibrium, and never will be until life disappears from the universe and all that is left are the remnants of burned out stars radiating away their residual energy in the infrared spectrum.

32. ‘A dynamic and nearly balanced equilibrium between opposing forces appears to characterize the situation.’

33. ‘The unsustainable nature of psi is consistent with the concept that psi effects are a dynamic or fluctuating equilibrium between opposing forces.’

34. ‘This analysis suggested that the African population is close to equilibrium between mutational forces and genetic drift.’

35. ‘Thus, a balanced opinion is one which establishes an equilibrium between opposing views, ‘weighing’ one set of views against the other.’

36. ‘This necessitates that the steady-state equilibrium between free and LPOR-bound pigment be displaced toward the latter.’

37. ‘However, the steady-state equilibrium between bound and free pigment was largely in favor of the free form.’

38. ‘The two forces seeking equilibrium are gravity and pressure from the surrounding liquid.’

39. ‘The maintenance of equilibrium between limited pluralisms limits the effectiveness of the mobilization and can lead to apathy.’

40. ‘The equilibrium between these different species might be expected to be influenced by the charge on the liposomes.’

41. ‘On a larger societal scale, the best way to reach equilibrium between these energies is through a free and open society and free markets.’

42. ‘The equilibrium between species of resident bacteria provides stability in the microbial population within the same individual under normal conditions.’

43. ‘The book is now in equilibrium, the downwards force of gravity is perfectly countered by the upwards force that you are applying to it.’

44. ‘Both Equation 38 and Equation 42 assume Haldane's mapping function and linkage equilibrium between markers and the trait locus.’

45. ‘Among the methods that aim at inferring population parameters, many rely on the hypothesis of equilibrium between mutation, migration, and drift.’

46. ‘What maintained some uneasy, if unconvincing, equilibrium between the two was the portrayal of the Soviet Cold War threat as a rationalization for American measures in pursuit of both.’

47. ‘When a conflict of norms occurs, some balance, harmony, or form of equilibrium between two or more norms must be found; or, alternatively, one norm overrides the other.’

48. ‘Population structure can play an important role in determining the mean fitness of populations at equilibrium between mutation and selection.’

49. ‘We observed that over time in KwaZulu Natal the selective sweep reduced in size toward equilibrium between selection and recombination.’

50. ‘I think as far as the Internet is concerned, we are groping towards the defining equilibrium between crime and defense.’

51. ‘The grand coalition is much more based on a laboriously worked out equilibrium between the CDU, CSU and SPD.’

52. ‘An orderly life includes mental as well as physical equilibrium, and shunning all evil thoughts.’

53. ‘Earth, unlike the other solar planets, is not in physical equilibrium.’

54. ‘Once detached from the gland and ring, respectively, the cell and bubble become spherical to achieve physical equilibrium.’

55. ‘Here also it is advisable to upset his physical equilibrium.’

56. ‘The key to good health, according to this theory, is for the energy channels to be unblocked, allowing the energy to surge freely around the body once more so you achieve a state of balance or equilibrium.’

57. ‘It is essential that human beings know their own bodies so well that they can follow the normal daily routine without disturbing the balance or equilibrium of the body.’

58. ‘Travel sickness, or motion sickness, is an unpleasant, temporary disturbance of your sense of balance and equilibrium that occurs while travelling by sea, road or air.’

59. ‘Striking at or otherwise upsetting the center of gravity can cause the object to lose its balance, or equilibrium, and fall to the ground.’

60. ‘His black wings flapped vainly in the wind and water as they tried to regain the precious equilibrium of balance.’

61. ‘After we recovered our equilibrium, we walked for miles around this bit of Windsor Park.’

62. ‘The receptor organ of posture and equilibrium is a composite one located in the semicircular canals, the utricle, and the saccule of the inner ear.’

63. ‘It might appear from the above that postures, breathing techniques and sensory control automatically purge the mind of distractions and bring about equilibrium and calm.’

64. ‘I certainly felt bound to the river for restoring my equilibrium, for calming my senses and for providing me with an escape from the city.’

65. ‘He'd clearly achieved equilibrium as he calmed down until, noticing he wasn't packing his stuff, the checkout woman tried to help him.’

66. ‘He clipped his helmet to his belt and stood swaying while his mind regained its equilibrium.’

67. ‘But it also restores the mental equilibrium we need to recover after the stresses and strains imposed by daily life.’

68. ‘Usually, a hypoglycemic patient does not manifest a sense of mental equilibrium and tranquillity.’

69. ‘Rejuvenating a person and enabling him/her to cope better, these techniques re-establish spiritual equilibrium and mental-well being.’

70. ‘Holders of such rigid views tend to reject any new information that may disturb their cognitive equilibrium.’

71. ‘I lay on her couch and marvelled at the effect a humble tuning fork in F sharp could have on one's mental equilibrium.’

72. ‘As the warm cream circulates back up through the body, the internal organs are purified, the skin becomes radiant, and the equilibrium of body and mind is restored.’

73. ‘Inner confidence, optimism, equilibrium and a positive state of the mind - all go a long way to total recovery.’

74. ‘My mental equilibrium improves when I resume the repetitive motion of jiggling my knee, or tapping my foot, or lightly kicking the table leg, etc.’

75. ‘The traumatic loss of its antennae should deal a devastating blow to the creature's mental equilibrium and may nullify its telepathic abilities.’

76. ‘Women who earn more than their husbands are said to be a threat to their spouses' pride and mental equilibrium.’

77. ‘She's settling in just fine, and seeing her every few days is helping my mental equilibrium.’

78. ‘By 1921 he had recovered from heavy dependence on drugs, but he never fully regained mental equilibrium.’

79. ‘In that sense, a modest form of depression is like a state of mental equilibrium.’

80. ‘All such activities lead to achieving perfect mental equilibrium to control the senses.’

81. ‘Part of the challenge with a team must be keeping an emotional anchor or equilibrium as exhaustion and physical stress accumulate.’

82. ‘The maximum concentration of ions in the solution is in equilibrium with the precipitated solid.’

83. ‘Therefore, the metastable equilibrium between iron and iron carbide should be considered, because it is relevant to the behavior of most steels in practice.’

84. ‘The current ozone layer is as a result of equilibrium between breakdown and recombination.’

85. ‘For most substances, increasing the pressure when a system is in equilibrium between liquid and solid phases will increase the phase transition temperature.’

86. ‘The time it would take to reach energy equilibrium between the meditator and the tub water would depend on the rate of energy transfer and ability of water to retain this energy.’

87. ‘There has been a huge increase in supply and now the levels of supply and demand are in equilibrium.’

88. ‘In such a model, prices are in equilibrium at every moment, even when equilibrium prices are changing over time.’

89. ‘There appears to be equilibrium in demand supply.’

90. ‘A complex system is likely to spend more time in dis-equilibrium than in equilibrium.’

91. ‘The trade balance reached equilibrium or surplus only under conditions of deep recession.’

92. hey reached equilibrium and agreed on everything

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