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Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • a sensory system located in structures of the inner ear that registers the orientation of the head
  • a chemical reaction and its reverse proceed at equal rates
  • equality of distribution
  • a stable situation in which forces cancel one another

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  • a chemical reaction and its reverse proceed at equal rates ,
  • a stable situation in which forces cancel one another ,
  • equality of distribution ,
  • a sensory system located in structures of the inner ear that registers the orientation of the head

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Equilibrium Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


An equilibrium is a state of a system where the system is balanced. A system that is in equilibrium does not change. The word has been used for different concepts from different fields of study.

Chemical equilibrium is an idea which describes the behavior of chemical reactions over time. In reactions that have finished reacting and have attained equlibrium, the concentrations of the reactant and product chemicals do not change. Instead, the amount of product chemicals to reactant chemicals remains a fixed value; this ratio is called the equilibrium constant (K). For some reactions, the equilibrium constant is very large, in which case nearly all of the reactant chemical is turned into products, such as when paper is burned. For other reactions, it is very small, which results in very little product being formed. If the equilibrium constant is close to 1, a mixture of both products and reactants is expected at equilibrium. When chemists talk about equilibrium constants, they call reactions with large K values favorable and reactions with small K values unfavorable. It is important to note, however, these terms are not judgements about the value or usefulness of a particular chemical reaction. In fact, some very important reactions are actually "unfavorable"; one such example is the synthesis of ammonia from nitrogen and hydrogen gas (Haber process), which has a rather small equilibrium constant.



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* Happiness is equilibrium. Shift your weight. Equilibrium is pragmatic. You have to get everything into proportion. You compensate, rebalance yourself so that you maintain your angle to the world. When the world shifts, you shift. - Tom Stoppard

* Agent Smith I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area, and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet, you are a plague, and we are the cure. - Matrix, The

* Order is not pressure which is imposed on society from without, but an equilibrium which is set up from within. - Jose Ortega y Gasset


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