What does balance mean?

Definitions for balance
ˈbæl ənsbal·ance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. balancenoun

    a state of equilibrium

  2. balancenoun

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

  3. proportion, proportionality, balancenoun

    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, counterbalancenoun

    equality of distribution

  5. remainder, balance, residual, residue, residuum, restnoun

    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. balancenoun

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

  7. Libra, Balancenoun

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

  8. Libra, Libra the Balance, Balance, Libra the Scalesnoun

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

  9. symmetry, symmetricalness, correspondence, balancenoun

    (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, equalisernoun

    a weight that balances another weight

  11. balance wheel, balancenoun

    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. balanceverb

    a scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity

  13. balance, equilibrate, equilibrize, equilibriseverb

    bring into balance or equilibrium

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

  14. balanceverb

    compute credits and debits of an account

  15. poise, balanceverb

    hold or carry in equilibrium

  16. balanceverb

    be in equilibrium

    "He was balancing on one foot"

Wiktionary

  1. balancenoun

    a state in which opposing forces harmonise; equilibrium

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

  2. balancenoun

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

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

  3. balancenoun

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

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

  4. balancenoun

    a pair of scales

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

  5. balancenoun

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

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

  6. balancenoun

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

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

  7. balancenoun

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

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

  8. balancenoun

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

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

  9. balancenoun

    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.

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

  10. balanceverb

    to make (items) weigh up.

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

  11. balanceverb

    (figurative) to make (concepts) agree.

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

  12. balanceverb

    to hold (an object or objects) precariously.

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

  13. balanceverb

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

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

  14. balanceverb

    to be in equilibrium.

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

  15. balanceverb

    to have matching credits and debits.

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

  16. balancenoun

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

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

  17. balancenoun

    Libra

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Balancenoun

    an apparatus for weighing

  2. Balancenoun

    act of weighing mentally; comparison; estimate

  3. Balancenoun

    equipoise between the weights in opposite scales

  4. Balancenoun

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

  5. Balancenoun

    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. Balancenoun

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

  7. Balancenoun

    the constellation Libra

  8. Balancenoun

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

  9. Balancenoun

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

  10. Balancenoun

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

  11. Balancenoun

    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. Balancenoun

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

  13. Balancenoun

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

  14. Balancenoun

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

  15. Balancenoun

    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. Balancenoun

    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. Balancenoun

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

  18. Balancenoun

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

  19. Balanceverb

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

  20. Balanceverb

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

  21. Balanceverb

    to move toward a person or couple, and then back

Freebase

  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."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Balance

    bal′ans, n. an instrument for weighing, usually formed of two dishes or scales hanging from a beam supported in the middle: act of weighing two things: equality or just proportion of weight or power, as the balance of power: the sum required to make the two sides of an account equal, hence the surplus, or the sum due on an account: what is needed to produce equilibrium, a counterpoise: (watchmaking) a contrivance which regulates the speed of a clock or watch.—v.t. to weigh in a balance: to counterpoise: to compare: to settle, as an account, to examine and test accounts in book-keeping, to make the debtor and creditor sides of an account agree.—v.i. to have equal weight or power, &c.: to hesitate or fluctuate.—p.adj. Bal′anced, poised so as to preserve equilibrium: well arranged, stable.—ns. Bal′ancer, an acrobat; Bal′ance-sheet, a sheet of paper showing a summary and balance of accounts; Bal′ance-wheel, a wheel in a watch or chronometer which regulates the beat or rate. [Fr.—L. bilanx, having two scales—bis, double, lanx, lancis, a dish or scale.]

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

  1. BALANCE

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

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. balance

    One of the simple mechanical powers, used in determining the weights and masses of different bodies. Also, one of the twelve signs of the zodiac, called Libra. Balance-wheel of a chronometer--see CHRONOMETER.

Editors Contribution

  1. balance

    An amount or element in accurate and perfect proportion.

    All of the scales were in perfect balance.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 1, 2020  

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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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of balance in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of balance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of balance in a Sentence

  1. Shyam Rajan:

    While issuing debt to buyback stock has been a popular strategy, issuing debt to make pensions whole could be the next trend in fixing balance sheet risk.

  2. Filmmaker Leslee Udwin:

    But let us not forget, this is not India only, men have the balance of power in the world. We are underrepresented in governments. We don’t have equal rights in terms of implementation of laws. We don’t have equal pay. It's only a question of degree. And in many countries, we are so grossly offended against, our human rights are violated.

  3. Gary Bettman:

    While the regular season was largely completed, we had a number of teams that were on the bubble, and you know we have extraordinary competitive balance (in the NHL) and any of those teams that were on the bubble outside of the top 16 in each conference had a legitimate chance of making the playoffs, some more than others. And we decided we needed a play-in round to give those teams a chance to ultimately make the playoffs, and that's going to be a best-of-five series.

  4. Greg Stanton:

    It's not a good idea, i wish it wasn't happening in this location, in my city, but as mayor I can balance my responsibilities to the people of this city.

  5. Chief Executive Bob Dudley:

    We do see the market coming into balance, it may already be there, there's a lot of stocks. It will take some time to work its way off, 18 months or so.

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Translations for balance

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  • رصيد, ميزان, توازنArabic
  • теглилка, везна, баланс, равновесие, балансираност, уравновесявам, уравновесен съм, балансирам, балансиран съм, правя балансBulgarian
  • balanç, equilibri, balança, compensar, equilibrarCatalan, Valencian
  • rovnováhaCzech
  • balanceDanish
  • Waage, Ausgewogenheit, Balance, Bilanz, Gleichgewicht, Saldo, balancieren, wiegen, im Gleichgewicht halten, ausgleichen, bilanzierenGerman
  • ισοζύγιο, ζυγαριά, ισορροπία, αντισταθμίζω, ισορροπώ, ζυγίζω, ισοσκελίζωGreek
  • equilibrio, balanza, balance, [[hacer]] [[balance]], balancear, equilibrarSpanish
  • orekaBasque
  • میزان, بالانس, ترازو, تعادلPersian
  • varsivaaka, tasapaino, vaaka, saldo, olla tasapainossaFinnish
  • balance, équilibre, solde, apurerFrench
  • co-chothromScottish Gaelic
  • balanza, equilibrio, balanceGalician
  • તુલાGujarati
  • מאזניים, איזון, מאזן, שיווי משקלHebrew
  • तराज़ू, तुला, संतुलनHindi
  • mérlegHungarian
  • հավասարակշռություն, բալանս, կշեռքArmenian
  • keseimbanganIndonesian
  • bilanco, balanco, equilibroIdo
  • bilancia, bilancio, neutralità, equilibrio, pareggiare, equivalere, pesare, tenere in equilibrio, bilanciare, conguagliareItalian
  • איזוןHebrew
  • 秤, バランス, 中立, 均衡, 平衡, 天秤, 釣り合いJapanese
  • terazî, yeksengî, hevsengî, denge, terazû, balansKurdish
  • баланстоо, сальдо, тараза, теңдештик, таразалоо, тең салмак, теңдеш, балансташкан, тең салмактык, калдык, баланс, тең салмактоо, кайырмаKyrgyz
  • stateraLatin
  • WoLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • pusiausvyraLithuanian
  • кантар, врамнотеженост, рамнотежа, биланс, терезија, салдо, вага, измируваMacedonian
  • neraca, teraju, dacing, mizanMalay
  • balans, evenwicht, weegschaalDutch
  • vekt, balanse, balansereNorwegian
  • waga, równowaga, saldoPolish
  • balança, balanço, equilíbrio, equilibrar, pesar, balancearPortuguese
  • balanță, balans, cumpăt, echilibru, bilanțRomanian
  • баланс, весы, сбалансированность, равновесие, взвешенность, уравновешенность, сальдо, уравновешивать, уравновеситьRussian
  • vága, равноте́жа, кантар, kantar, теразије, terazije, ravnotéža, ва́га, balansirati, балансиратиSerbo-Croatian
  • ravnovesje, ravnotežjeSlovene
  • peshore, ekuilibër, balancë, bilancAlbanian
  • balans, avvägning, balansräkning, balansvåg, våg, jämvikt, vågskål, jämviktsläge, balansera, stå och väga, vara i jämvikt, jämna ut sigSwedish
  • சமநிலைTamil
  • సమతుల్యత, త్రాసు, కాటాTelugu
  • สมดุลThai
  • denge, kantar, teraziTurkish
  • рівновагаUkrainian
  • ترازو, تلا, میزانUrdu
  • וואָגYiddish
  • 平衡Chinese

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