Balanced the pros and cons before making a choice.
An example of balance is the money owed on taxes after all income has been calculated and deductions have been figured.
An example of balance is being able to walk on a tight rope.
An example of balance is when a person divides his time evenly between work, family, and personal pleasure.
An example of balance is a person who doesn’t get upset very often and doesn’t let the little things bother them.
An example of balance is a paper that presents information both in favor of and against abortion or the death penalty.
Matters that fell outside the judge's balance.
I just need to nip to a bank and check my balance.
An example of balance is when a person places two objects of the same size on a scale.
An example of balance is making a flower arrangement have similar sizes and colors so that no particular piece sticks out or looks out of place.
The balance of power finally lay with the Royalist forces.
I think the balance of opinion is that we should get out while we're ahead.
The balance of the agreement remains in effect.
I balanced my mug of coffee on my knee.
The circus performer balances a plate on the end of a baton.
To balance partners.
To balance the boom mainsail.
This final payment, or credit, balances the account.
To balance a set of books.
He kept his balance on the tightrope.
To balance oneself on stilts.
Thrown off balance by a gust of wind.
Gymnasts must have good balance.
These weights are used as a balance for the overhanging verandah.
Blair thought he could provide a useful balance to Bush's policies.
- In an undetermined and often critical position:Our plans were left hanging in the balance. Resolution of that item is still in the balance.
- Taking everything into consideration; all in all.
- in a critical, undecided state
- while in an awkward or unbalanced positionTo throw a ball off balance.
- not proportional or harmonious; not in equilibrium
- unready; unpreparedA question that catches someone off balance.
- considering everything; all in all
- Libra, the constellation and seventh sign of the zodiac
Other Word Forms
Origin of balance
- Middle English balaunce from Old French from Vulgar Latin bilancia having two scale pans from Latin bilānx bi- two dwo- in Indo-European roots lānx scale
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French balance, from Late Latin *bilancia, from (accusative form of) Latin bilanx (“two-scaled”), from bi- + lanx (“plate, scale”).