One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘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).’
- ‘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.’
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