The fins, or paddles, are used only as balancers, and to protect the young.
Hence birds have naturally and rightfully been called the “balancers” in nature.
It is now a-days extremely common to style the tumble-down-dick exploits or posture masters, balancers, conjurers, &c. an art.
The fore-limbs are in the form of paddles, but they do not apparently serve as organs of locomotion so much as balancers.
Secondly, he was unable to tread a hen, since this act requires the use of wings as balancers.
His little sons talk of aluminum motors, aeroplanes, and balancers, as though they were the simplest things in the world.
The next are the balancers,—from a feather to a fir-tree, nothing comes amiss.
The machines were made “sensitive” as it is called, that is to say, sensitive to a touch of the rudder or the balancers.
He found, upon removing one of these organs, that they were not properly compared to balancers.
Just back of the wings is a pair of balancers, short thread-like processes knobbed at the end.