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noun [countable/uncountable]     equilibrium pronunciation in American English
/ˌikwɪˈlɪbriəm/    equilibrium pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a situation in which there is a balance between different forces or aspects

    A new arms race in the region would upset the delicate equilibrium between the opposing factions.

    in equilibrium:

    a situation in which supply and demand are in equilibrium

  2. 2
    a calm mental state in which you are in control of your feelings

    He tried hard to maintain his equilibrium.

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  3. 3
    physics a state in which an object is not moving in any way, or is moving at the same rate all the time, because there is a balance between any forces affecting it
  4. 4
    chemistry a situation in which a chemical reaction and its opposite reaction take place at the same rate and balance each other so there is no more change


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