AskDefine | Define teeterboard

Dictionary Definition

teeterboard n : a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end [syn: seesaw, teeter-totter, tilting board, dandle board]

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English

Noun

  1. A seesaw; teetertotter.
  2. A similar board used by acrobats that sends a human into the air when another human jumps onto the opposite end.

Extensive Definition

A teeterboard (also known as a Korean Plank) resembles the "old fashion" style park seesaw. The strongest teeterboards are made of oak (usually 9 feet in length). It is divided in the middle by a fulcrum made of welded steel. At each end of the board is a specifically measured square padded area where the flyer would stand on a 45 degree incline prepare to signal the "pushers" before being catapulted into the air. The well trained and rehearsed flyer performs various aerial somersaulting skills either landing on: padded mats, a human pyramid, a specialized landing chair, stilts and even a Russian barre. The teeterboard is manned by a team of: flyers, catchers, spotters and pushers. Some of the team people share some of the acrobatic "roles". In the early 60's the finest teeterboard acts, trained in the Eastern Bloc countries, performed their thirteen plus person troupe with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.
teeterboard in German: Schleuderbrett
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