Balance definition

băləns
A harmonious or satisfying arrangement or proportion of parts or elements, as in a design.
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A weighing device, especially one consisting of a rigid beam horizontally suspended by a low-friction support at its center, with identical weighing pans hung at either end, one of which holds an unknown weight while the effective weight in the other is increased by known amounts until the beam is level and motionless.
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To compute the difference between the debits and credits of (an account).
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To consider and compare or assess.

Balanced the pros and cons before making a choice.

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The difference in magnitude between opposing forces or influences.
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An influence or force tending to produce equilibrium; counterpoise.
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A state of equilibrium or parity characterized by cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces.
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The definition of balance is the amount of something left over after additions and subtractions have been made.

An example of balance is the money owed on taxes after all income has been calculated and deductions have been figured.

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Balance is defined as being able to remain upright and walk gracefully, or a state of equality, an emotionally and mentally stable mind or the presentation of both sides of an issue.

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.

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The power or means to decide.

Matters that fell outside the judge's balance.

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To determine the weight of (something) in a weighing device.
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To move toward and then away from (a dance partner).
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To have the credit and debit sides equal to each other.
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(accounting) The result of such a procedure; the difference between credit and debit of an account.

I just need to nip to a bank and check my balance.

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(chemistry) Equality of mass and net electric charge of reacting species on each side of an equation.
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To bring into or maintain in a state of equilibrium.
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To be in equilibrium.
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Balance means to make something even in weight, size, or amount or to arrange something to make it appear pleasing.

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.

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(uncountable) The overall result of conflicting forces, opinions etc.; the influence which ultimately "weighs" more than others.

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.

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To make or be proportionate to; make or be equal to in weight, force, effect, etc.
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To act as an equalizing weight or force to; counterbalance.
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(mathematics & chemistry) To bring (an equation) into balance.
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To bring into proportion, harmony, etc.
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To waver slightly; tilt and return to equilibrium.
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(dancing) To balance partners.
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To adjust a chemical equation so that the number of each type of atom and the total charge on the reactant (left-hand) side of the equation matches the number and charge on the product (right-hand) side of the equation.
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To determine the difference between the sum of the credits and the sum of the debits of an account. The act of estimating, measuring, or weighing two things in comparison to each other. For example, the balancing of the risks and benefits of filing a lawsuit. To offset or counteract. To place or keep in equilibrium or proportion, such as balancing competing interests. The result of balancing.
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(uncountable) A state in which opposing forces harmonise; equilibrium.
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(uncountable) Mental equilibrium; mental health; calmness, a state of remaining clear-headed and unperturbed.
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A pair of scales.
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(uncountable) Awareness of both viewpoints or matters; neutrality; rationality; objectivity.
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(uncountable) Apparent harmony in art (between differing colours, sounds, etc.)
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(accounting) A list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other.
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(watchmaking) A device used to regulate the speed of a watch, clock etc.
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(law) The remainder.

The balance of the agreement remains in effect.

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To bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights.
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To make (items) weigh up.
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(figuratively) To make (concepts) agree.
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To hold (an object or objects) precariously; to support on a narrow base, so as to keep from falling.

I balanced my mug of coffee on my knee.

The circus performer balances a plate on the end of a baton.

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To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.
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(dancing) To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally.

To balance partners.

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(nautical) To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass.

To balance the boom mainsail.

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To make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond.

This final payment, or credit, balances the account.

To balance a set of books.

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(intransitive) To be in equilibrium.
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(intransitive) To have matching credits and debits.
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Something that is left over; a remainder.
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To bring into or keep in equal or satisfying proportion or harmony.
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To reconcile or equalize the sums of the debits and credits of (an account).
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To settle (an account, for example) by paying what is owed.
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An instrument for weighing, esp. one that opposes equal weights, as in two matched shallow pans hanging from either end of a lever supported exactly in the middle; scales.
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The imaginary scales of fortune or fate, as an emblem of justice or the power to decide.
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The power or ability to decide.
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A state of equilibrium or equipoise; equality in amount, weight, value, or importance, as between two things or the parts of a thing.
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Bodily equilibrium or stability.

He kept his balance on the tightrope.

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Mental or emotional stability.
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A weight, force, effect, etc. that counteracts another or causes equilibrium; counterpoise.
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The point along an object's length at which there is equilibrium.
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The amount still owed after a partial settlement.
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Whatever is left over; remainder.
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To weigh in or as in a balance.
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To compare as to relative importance, value, etc.
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To counterpoise or counteract; make up for; offset.
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To bring into or keep in a state of equilibrium or equipoise; keep steady; poise.

To balance oneself on stilts.

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To be equal in value, weight, etc.
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(mathematics) Equality with respect to the net number of reduced symbolic quantities on each side of an equation.
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A balance wheel.
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A state of bodily equilibrium.

Thrown off balance by a gust of wind.

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The ability to maintain bodily equilibrium.

Gymnasts must have good balance.

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Equality of totals in the debit and credit sides of an account.
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The difference between such totals, either on the credit or the debit side.
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To be in or come into equilibrium.
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To be equal or equivalent.
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To sway or waver as if losing or regaining equilibrium.
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To move toward and then away from a dance partner.
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The act of balancing.
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The pleasing harmony of various elements in a design, painting, musical composition, etc.; harmonious proportion.
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A setting of clauses, phrases, ideas, etc. in parallel constructions for rhetorical effect.
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Equality of debits and credits in an account.
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The excess of credits over debits or of debits over credits.
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(dancing) To move toward and then back from (a partner)
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To find any difference that may exist between the debit and credit sides of (an account); also, to equalize the debit and credit sides of (an account)
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To settle (an account) by paying debts.
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Something of equal weight used to provide equilibrium (literally or figuratively); counterweight.

These weights are used as a balance for the overhanging verandah.

Blair thought he could provide a useful balance to Bush's policies.

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in the balance
  • In an undetermined and often critical position:
    Our plans were left hanging in the balance. Resolution of that item is still in the balance.
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on balance
  • Taking everything into consideration; all in all.
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in the balance
  • in a critical, undecided state
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off balance
  • while in an awkward or unbalanced position
    To throw a ball off balance.
  • not proportional or harmonious; not in equilibrium
  • unready; unprepared
    A question that catches someone off balance.
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on balance
  • considering everything; all in all
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the Balance
  • Libra, the constellation and seventh sign of the zodiac
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
balance
Plural:
balances

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in the balance
in the balance
the Balance

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”).

    From Wiktionary