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Equilibrist Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Equilibrist \E*quil"i*brist\, n. One who balances himself in unnatural positions and hazardous movements; a balancer. When the equilibrist balances a rod upon his finger. --Stewart.
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Tightrope walking (or funambulism) is the art of walking along a thin wire or rope, usually at a great height. One or more artists performs in front of an audience (a common act in circuses) or as a publicity stunt (often attempting to set location-specific distance or height records). Tightrope walkers sometimes use balancing poles and may perform the feat without a safety net for effect.

Acrobats maintain their balance by positioning their center of mass directly over their base of support, i.e., shifting most of their weight over their legs, arms or whatever part of their body they are using to hold them up. When they are on the ground with their feet side by side, the base of support is wide in the lateral direction but narrow in the sagittal (back-to-front) direction. In the case of highwire-walkers, their feet are parallel with each other, one foot positioned in front of the other while on the wire. Therefore, a tightwire walker's sway is side to side, their lateral support having been drastically reduced. In both cases, whether side by side or parallel, the ankle is the pivot point.

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