Definitions for balanceˈbæl əns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bal•ance*ˈbæl əns(n.; v.)-anced, -anc•ing.

  1. (n.)a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.

  2. something used to produce equilibrium; counterpoise.

  3. the ability to maintain bodily equilibrium.

  4. mental or emotional steadiness.

  5. an instrument for determining weight, typically by the equilibrium of a bar, from each end of which is suspended a scale or pan.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  6. the remainder or rest.

  7. the power or ability to decide an outcome.

  8. equality between the totals of the two sides of an account. the difference between the debit total and the credit total of an account. unpaid difference represented by the excess of debits over credits.

    Category: Business

  9. preponderant weight:

    The balance of the blame is on your side.

  10. the harmonious integration of components in an artistic work.

    Category: Fine Arts, Literature

  11. a wheel that oscillates against the tension of a hairspring to regulate the beats of a watch or clock.

    Category: Horology

  12. (cap.)

    Category: Astrology

    Ref: Libra. 2

  13. (in a stereophonic sound system) the comparative loudness of two speakers.

    Category: Hi-Fi and Audio

  14. (v.t.)to bring to or hold in equilibrium; poise:

    to balance a book on one's head.

  15. to arrange or adjust the parts of symmetrically.

  16. to be equal or proportionate to.

  17. to add up the two sides of (an account) and determine the difference.

    Category: Business

  18. to weighin a balance.

  19. to estimate the relative weight or importance of.

  20. to serve as a counterpoise to.

  21. (v.i.)to have an equality or equivalence; be in equilibrium.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  22. to be in a state wherein debits equal credits.

    Category: Business

Idioms for balance:

  1. in the balance,with the outcome in doubt or suspense.

    Category: Idiom

  2. on balance,considering all aspects.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Idiom

* Syn: See symmetry.

Origin of balance:

1250–1300; < AF; OF < VL *balancia, for *bilancia < LL bilanx with double scales < L bi-bi-1+lanx metal dish


Princeton's WordNet

  1. balance(noun)

    a state of equilibrium

  2. balance(noun)

    equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account

  3. proportion, proportionality, balance(noun)

    harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)

    "in all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance"- John Ruskin

  4. balance, equilibrium, equipoise, counterbalance(noun)

    equality of distribution

  5. remainder, balance, residual, residue, residuum, rest(noun)

    something left after other parts have been taken away

    "there was no remainder"; "he threw away the rest"; "he took what he wanted and I got the balance"

  6. balance(noun)

    the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account

  7. Libra, Balance(noun)

    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Libra

  8. Libra, Libra the Balance, Balance, Libra the Scales(noun)

    the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22

  9. symmetry, symmetricalness, correspondence, balance(noun)

    (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane

  10. counterweight, counterbalance, counterpoise, balance, equalizer, equaliser(noun)

    a weight that balances another weight

  11. balance wheel, balance(noun)

    a wheel that regulates the rate of movement in a machine; especially a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece to regulate its beat

  12. balance(verb)

    a scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity

  13. balance, equilibrate, equilibrize, equilibrise(verb)

    bring into balance or equilibrium

    "She has to balance work and her domestic duties"; "balance the two weights"

  14. balance(verb)

    compute credits and debits of an account

  15. poise, balance(verb)

    hold or carry in equilibrium

  16. balance(verb)

    be in equilibrium

    "He was balancing on one foot"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. balance(noun)ˈbæl əns

    the ability to remain steady

    a good sense of balance; to lose/keep your balance

  2. balanceˈbæl əns

    not steady

    The blow knocked me off balance.

  3. balanceˈbæl əns

    when there is equality between things

    a healthy balance of different foods

  4. balanceˈbæl əns

    to find an equal relationship

    Try to strike a balance between work and play.

  5. balanceˈbæl əns

    money in a bank account

    Check your account balance.

  6. balanceˈbæl əns

    thinking about everything

    On balance, I think it was right to ask him to leave.

  7. balance(verb)ˈbæl əns

    to keep steady

    a squirrel balancing on the wire; to balance a book on your head

  8. balanceˈbæl əns

    to maintain equality between things

    How do we balance the needs of modern living with nature.

  9. balanceˈbæl əns

    to compare amounts going out and coming into a bank account

  10. balanceˈbæl əns

    to counteract the strength of one thing with sth else; = offset

    Carbon dioxide emissions were balanced out by planting new trees.


  1. balance(Noun)

    a state in which opposing forces harmonise; equilibrium

  2. balance(Noun)

    mental equilibrium; mental health; calmness, a state of remaining clear-headed and unperturbed

  3. balance(Noun)

    something of equal weight used to provide equilibrium (literally or figuratively); counterweight

  4. balance(Noun)

    a pair of scales

  5. balance(Noun)

    awareness of both viewpoints or matters; neutrality; rationality; objectivity

  6. balance(Noun)

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

  7. balance(Noun)

    apparent harmony in art (between differing colours, sounds, etc.)

  8. balance(Noun)

    a list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other.

  9. balance(Noun)

    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.

  10. balance(Verb)

    to make (items) weigh up.

  11. balance(Verb)

    (figurative) to make (concepts) agree.

  12. balance(Verb)

    to hold (an object or objects) precariously.

  13. balance(Verb)

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

  14. balance(Verb)

    to be in equilibrium.

  15. balance(Verb)

    to have matching credits and debits.

  16. balance(Noun)

    a device used to regulate the speed of a watch, clock etc.

  17. balance(Noun)


  18. Origin: From balance, from *, from (accusative form of) bilanx, from bi- + lanx.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Balance(noun)

    an apparatus for weighing

  2. Balance(noun)

    act of weighing mentally; comparison; estimate

  3. Balance(noun)

    equipoise between the weights in opposite scales

  4. Balance(noun)

    the state of being in equipoise; equilibrium; even adjustment; steadiness

  5. Balance(noun)

    an equality between the sums total of the two sides of an account; as, to bring one's accounts to a balance; -- also, the excess on either side; as, the balance of an account

  6. Balance(noun)

    a balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. See Balance wheel (in the Vocabulary)

  7. Balance(noun)

    the constellation Libra

  8. Balance(noun)

    the seventh sign in the Zodiac, called Libra, which the sun enters at the equinox in September

  9. Balance(noun)

    a movement in dancing. See Balance, v. i., S

  10. Balance(noun)

    to bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights; to weigh in a balance

  11. Balance(noun)

    to support on a narrow base, so as to keep from falling; as, to balance a plate on the end of a cane; to balance one's self on a tight rope

  12. Balance(noun)

    to equal in number, weight, force, or proportion; to counterpoise, counterbalance, counteract, or neutralize

  13. Balance(noun)

    to compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate

  14. Balance(noun)

    to settle and adjust, as an account; to make two accounts equal by paying the difference between them

  15. Balance(noun)

    to make the sums of the debits and credits of an account equal; -- said of an item; as, this payment, or credit, balances the account

  16. Balance(noun)

    to arrange accounts in such a way that the sum total of the debits is equal to the sum total of the credits; as, to balance a set of books

  17. Balance(noun)

    to move toward, and then back from, reciprocally; as, to balance partners

  18. Balance(noun)

    to contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass; as, to balance the boom mainsail

  19. Balance(verb)

    to have equal weight on each side; to be in equipoise; as, the scales balance

  20. Balance(verb)

    to fluctuate between motives which appear of equal force; to waver; to hesitate

  21. Balance(verb)

    to move toward a person or couple, and then back


  1. Balance

    Balance is the tenth studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen. Released in 1995, it is the final of four albums to feature Sammy Hagar as the band's lead vocalist. During the recording of Balance and its subsequent Ambulance Tour, Van Halen's second incarnation broke up. Regarding this time period, in 1997, Eddie Van Halen told Guitar World Magazine "There had been a variety of conflicts brewing between Sammy and the band since I quit drinking on October 2, 1994... It got so bad that I actually started drinking again."

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Balance

    (a) Wheatstone's Bridge, q. v., is sometimes termed the Electric Balance. (b) A suspension or torsion balance is one which includes a filament or pair of filaments to whose lower end or ends are attached a horizontal indicator often called a needle, or a magnetic needle. (See Torsion Balance.) (c) See Induction Balance, Hughes'. (d) For Thermic Balance, see Bolometer. (e) See Balance, Ampere.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    Something wanted by book-keepers and often lost by topers. May be found in a cash-book or the kangaroo gait.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'balance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1273

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'balance' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1722

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'balance' in Nouns Frequency: #559

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'balance' in Verbs Frequency: #663

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a weighing instrument.

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