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Balance

weights equal weighing pans

Balance, instrument for weighing; usually a bar with 2 matched pans suspended from each end, which pivots on a central point as weights are placed in the pans. If the weights are equal, the force of gravity on them is equal, and the balance swings level.

See also: Scale, weighing.

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