bal•ance(bal′əns),USA pronunciationn., v.,-anced, -anc•ing. n.
a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.
something used to produce equilibrium; counterpoise.
mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc.
a state of bodily equilibrium:He lost his balance and fell down the stairs.
Weights and Measuresan instrument for determining weight, typically by the equilibrium of a bar with a fulcrum at the center, from each end of which is suspended a scale or pan, one holding an object of known weight, and the other holding the object to be weighed.
the remainder or rest:He carried what he could and left the balance for his brother to bring.
the power or ability to decide an outcome by throwing one's strength, influence, support, or the like, to one side or the other.
Wine(in winemaking) the degree to which all the attributes of a wine are in harmony, with none either too prominent or deficient.
Dance, Music and Dancea swaying step performed in place in which the weight is lightly shifted from one foot to the other, the dancer sinking down on the heel of the foot to which the body is shifting, with flexed knees.
French, noun, nominal use of past participle of balancer to balance, swing, rock
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
a state of equilibrium
something that brings about such a state
equilibrium of the body; steadiness: to lose one's balance
emotional stability; calmness of mind
harmony in the parts of a whole
the act of weighing factors, quantities, etc, against each other
the power to influence or control: he held the balance of power
something that remains or is left: let me have the balance of what you owe me
equality of debit and credit totals in an account
a difference between such totals
in the balance ⇒ in an uncertain or undecided condition
on balance ⇒ after weighing up all the factors
strike a balance ⇒ to make a compromise
(transitive) to weigh in or as if in a balance
(intransitive) to be or come into equilibrium
(transitive) to bring into or hold in equilibrium
(transitive) to assess or compare the relative weight, importance, etc, of
(transitive) to act so as to equalize; be equal to
(transitive) to compose or arrange so as to create a state of harmony
(transitive) to bring (a chemical or mathematical equation) into balance
(transitive) to compute the credit and debit totals of (an account) in order to determine the difference
to equalize the credit and debit totals of (an account) by making certain entries
to settle or adjust (an account) by paying any money due
(intransitive) (of a business account, balance sheet, etc) to have the debit and credit totals equal
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