Definition of balance beam in US English:

balance beam


  • 1A narrow horizontal bar raised off the floor, on which a gymnast balances while performing exercises.

    • ‘Circe and Alex both stood up and began walking down the branch gymnasts on the balance beam.’
    • ‘Maybe it was that she fell off the balance beam in one of our exhibitions.’
    • ‘Although kids don't usually use a balance beam for long periods of time, they will use it regularly.’
    • ‘The mat was used when Lindsey was learning the front tuck mount onto the balance beam.’
    • ‘However, Romania roared back after strong performances on the balance beam and floor exercise.’
    • ‘She fell off the balance beam in the semi-finals at the Worlds and finished seventh on floor at the World Cup.’
    • ‘Fan Ye of China performs on the balance beam during World Championship of Gymnastics at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California, Monday.’
    • ‘They will also be introduced to the equipment (e.g., vault, balance beam and uneven bars).’
    • ‘She also earned perfect tens in competition twice on the uneven bars and once on the balance beam.’
    • ‘This is achieved with a simulation of a balance beam to tell you how the weights relate.’
    • ‘Vitkova, who is suffering from a slight ankle injury, fell off the balance beam following a side somi.’
    • ‘Richardson's best performance was a 9.500 effort on the balance beam on day two.’
    1. 1.1in singular The set of exercises performed on a balance beam.
      • ‘Competing in all four event finals, Harmes placed first on vault, balance beam and floor exercise.’
      • ‘After two subdivisions, Postell was ranked second on vault and fourth on balance beam.’
      • ‘In the event finals, she won the gold medal on balance beam, tied for fourth place on uneven bars, and placed eighth on vault.’
      • ‘She also won her fourth consecutive European title on uneven bars, and finished second on balance beam.’
      • ‘She won individual gold medals on vault and uneven bars, the silver medal on balance beam, and the bronze medal on floor exercise.’
      • ‘Except for a few missed connections on balance beam, Van de Leur was near perfect throughout the evening.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, Krausz never did get over her disastrous balance beam performance.’
      • ‘She also placed third on floor exercise, fourth on balance beam and sixth on vault.’
      • ‘Men's floor exercise, high bar, parallel bars, and women's vault and balance beam will be contested tomorrow.’
      • ‘At the World Cup finals last December, she placed second on uneven bars, fifth on balance beam and sixth on floor exercise.’
      • ‘In the sixth session, Belarus struggled on vaulting and tumbling but showed beautiful choreography on balance beam.’
      • ‘She finished fourth on uneven bars and fifth on balance beam.’
      • ‘She worked most aggressively on balance beam, sticking her acrobatics and double pike dismount.’
      • ‘She had a different look than most gymnasts, and pioneered many moves such as the triple turn on balance beam.’
      • ‘Karen topped off the meet with golds on vault, balance beam, and floor exercise.’
      • ‘In the event finals, she placed third on balance beam, fourth on uneven bars, and seventh on floor exercise.’
      • ‘Women's gymnastic events include balance beam, uneven parallel bars, combined exercises, floor exercises, vaulting, and rhythmic sportive gymnastics.’
      • ‘She also placed first in the all-around and on vault, second on balance beam and floor exercise, and fourth on uneven bars.’
      • ‘Raducan earned the top individual scores on balance beam and floor exercise.’
      • ‘Russia won vault, Australia won uneven bars, and China was the best on balance beam.’


balance beam

/ˈbæləns bim/