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balance /ˈbæləns/ n
  1. a weighing device, generally consisting of a horizontal beam pivoted at its centre, from the ends of which two pans are suspended. The substance to be weighed is placed in one pan and known weights are placed in the other until the beam returns to the horizontal
  2. a state of equilibrium
  3. something that brings about such a state
  4. equilibrium of the body; steadiness: to lose one's balance
  5. emotional stability; calmness of mind
  6. harmony in the parts of a whole
  7. the act of weighing factors, quantities, etc, against each other
  8. the power to influence or control: he held the balance of power
  9. something that remains or is left: let me have the balance of what you owe me
  10. equality of debit and credit totals in an account
  11. a difference between such totals
  12. in the balancein an uncertain or undecided condition
  13. on balanceafter weighing up all the factors
  14. strike a balanceto make a compromise
vb
  1. (transitive) to weigh in or as if in a balance
  2. (intransitive) to be or come into equilibrium
  3. (transitive) to bring into or hold in equilibrium
  4. (transitive) to assess or compare the relative weight, importance, etc, of
  5. (transitive) to act so as to equalize; be equal to
  6. (transitive) to compose or arrange so as to create a state of harmony
  7. (transitive) to bring (a chemical or mathematical equation) into balance
  8. (transitive) to compute the credit and debit totals of (an account) in order to determine the difference
  9. to equalize the credit and debit totals of (an account) by making certain entries
  10. to settle or adjust (an account) by paying any money due
  11. (intransitive) (of a business account, balance sheet, etc) to have the debit and credit totals equal
  12. to match or counter (one's dancing partner or his or her steps) by moving towards and away from him or her
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin bilancia (unattested), from Late Latin bilanx having two scalepans, from bi-1 + lanx scale

ˈbalanceable adj



Balance /ˈbæləns/ n
  1. the Balancethe constellation Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac



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