Definitions of balance

  1. be in equilibrium; " He was balancing on one foot"
  2. a scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity
  3. an equivalent counterbalancing weight
  4. ( mathematics) an attribute of a shape; exact correspondence of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
  5. 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
  6. the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22
  7. ( astrology) a person who is born while the sun in in Libra
  8. an amount on the credit side of an account
  9. equality of distribution
  10. a state of equilibrium
  11. compute credits and debits of an account
  12. bring into balance or equilibrium; " She has to balance work and her domestic duties"; " balance the two weights"
  13. hold or carry in equilibrium
  14. 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
  15. ( mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact correspondence of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
  16. equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
  17. the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
  18. 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"
  19. An apparatus for weighing.
  20. Act of weighing mentally; comparison; estimate.
  21. Equipoise between the weights in opposite scales.
  22. The state of being in equipoise; equilibrium; even adjustment; steadiness.
  23. A balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. See Balance wheel ( in the Vocabulary).
  24. The constellation Libra.
  25. The seventh sign in the Zodiac, called Libra, which the sun enters at the equinox in September.
  26. A movement in dancing. See Balance, v. i., S.
  27. To bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights; to weigh in a balance.
  28. 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.
  29. To equal in number, weight, force, or proportion; to counterpoise, counterbalance, counteract, or neutralize.
  30. To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.
  31. To settle and adjust, as an account; to make two accounts equal by paying the difference between them.
  32. 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.
  33. To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally; as, to balance partners.
  34. To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass; as, to balance the boom mainsail.
  35. To have equal weight on each side; to be in equipoise; as, the scales balance.
  36. To fluctuate between motives which appear of equal force; to waver; to hesitate.
  37. To move toward a person or couple, and then back.
  38. 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.
  39. A balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. See wheel ( in the Vocabulary).
  40. 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.
  41. A state of being evenly balanced or the harmonious performance of function. Its physiological application is in the biomechanical responses of the musculoskeletal system during standing, walking, sitting, and other movements. Stability and equilibrium are related to the mathematics of the center of gravity of the body.
  42. A pair of scales for weighing; a steelyard; the act of weighing or estimating mentally; equal poise of any opposing forces; especially, mental poise; steadiness of mind; sanity; an equality between the totals of two sides of an account; the excess shown on either side; the sum or weight necessary to make two unequal sums or weights equal; a movement in dancing.
  43. To weigh by means of a balance; weigh by means of the mind; hence, to compare, estimate, etc.; to set off, as one thing against another; to equal or make equal; to find out the difference between the debits and credits of, or to bring about an equality between; as, to balance an account.
  44. To be of equal weight, force, or amount; in dancing, to move to and fro.
  45. 1. An apparatus for weighing; scales. 2. The normal state of action and reaction between two or more parts or organs of the body.
  46. 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: also the remainder of anything; as, the " balance of the party stayed." ( Amer.).
  47. To weigh in a balance: to counterpoise: to compare: to settle, as an account.
  48. To have equal weight or power, etc.: to hesitate or fluctuate.
  49. An instrument for weighing; equality; difference between two sides of an account.
  50. To be equal; to hesitate.
  51. To weigh; to make equal; to settle an account.
  52. To put into or be in equilibrium; poise.
  53. To adjust or be adjusted, as an account.
  54. To offset.
  55. To weigh; deliberate; ponder; hesitate.
  56. A pair of scales or other instrument for weighing.
  57. The act of balancing.
  58. The being in equilibrium; equipoise.
  59. Equality of debit and credit; also, the difference or excess on either side; remainder; surplus.
  60. The balance- wheel of a watch.
  61. A pair of scales; one of the simple mechanical powers; equipoise, or equality of weight or power; the weight or sum necessary to make two unequal weights or sums equal; the difference between the debtor and creditor side of an account; the part of a clock or watch which regulates the beats; an impartial state of mind in deliberating; that which renders weight or authority equal; a sign in the zodiac, called, in Latin, Libra.
  62. To bring to an equipoise; to compare by weighing or estimating as in a balance; to keep in equipoise; to counterpoise; to adjust an account; to make the two sides equal.
  63. To have equal weight, or be in equipoise; to hesitate. Balance of power, that equality of power in different states which offers a security for the general safety. Balance of trade, the difference in value between the exports and imports of a country.
  64. A pair of scales; part of a watch; equality of weights, power, or force; the difference between the debtor and creditor side of an account; overplus; a sign of the zodiac; the sum due on an account.
  65. To make equal; to settle; to regulate and adjust; to have equal weight, power, or influence; to hesitate.

Usage examples for balance

  1. For a time the anxious girl's fate hung in the balance. – The Brass Bound Box by Evelyn Raymond
  2. But I shall know some day, and shall then perhaps strike a balance. – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  3. But you must catch that fellow; I want to string him up just to show the balance of 'em that they can't fool with me. – A Little Union Scout by Joel Chandler Harris
  4. The little companion was already sufficiently attached to Miss Mallory to hope that in this case a natural tact and balance might not be thrown away. – The Testing of Diana Mallory by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  5. My emotion, however, was so great that during the balance of the night I could not sleep. – The Physiology of Taste by Brillat Savarin
  6. No need for us to balance her guilt and her punishment. – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall
  7. " You speak as though the fate of a continent were hanging in the balance," laughed Cunningham, shaking hands with him. – Rung Ho! by Talbot Mundy
  8. These are not times to weigh scruples and balance difficulties. – The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II) by Charles James Lever
  9. Sentiment and seventeen stone won't balance, you know." – Roden's Corner by Henry Seton Merriman
  10. Metelill is a charming girl, and I fancy you prefer her, and that her mother knows it, and would send her for at least a winter; but she gets so entirely off her balance whenever a young man of any sort comes near, that I should not like to take charge of her. – More Bywords by Charlotte M. Yonge
  11. 1406. But if you want all your balance in money, will you get it? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  12. The butler did not reply, and for a moment the boy's fate seemed to hang in the balance. – A Little Wizard by Stanley J. Weyman
  13. The young officer had truly said that he was only a boy, for this kindly act and the old Colonel's sympathetic look threw him off his balance, and his lip began to quiver and his face to change. – The Master of the Ceremonies by George Manville Fenn
  14. 1451. Did you ever get any part of the balance in money? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  15. She had lost her balance, and was soon down on her knees. – The Tangled Skein by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  16. Seemed to lose my balance. – The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest by Harold Bindloss
  17. I have paid away every cent except these two dollars; take this bill and let me come in to- morrow and pay the balance. – The Veiled Lady and Other Men and Women by F. Hopkinson Smith
  18. Raeburn had been alive now for some time to a curious change of balance in his friend's mind. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  19. I was leaning over, lookin' into the water an' I lost my balance. – The Secret Pact by Mildred A. Wirt
  20. Surely the poem must be judged by the balance of its success and failure? – Life of Robert Browning by William Sharp