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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 all forces acting on 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. An example of an equilibrium reaction is as follows:

In the example above, the double arrow shows that the reaction is an equilibrium reaction. This means that the forward reaction and the backward reaction can happen, usually due to a small enthalpy change in each reaction. Hence, the amount of product chemicals to reactant chemicals remains a fixed value, and such a ratio is called the equilibrium constant (Kc).



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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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