Definitions of balance

  1. To put into or be in equilibrium; poise.
  2. To adjust or be adjusted, as an account.
  3. To weigh; deliberate; ponder; hesitate.
  4. 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.
  5. To weigh; to make equal; to settle an account.
  6. To have equal weight on each side; to be in equipoise; as, the scales balance.
  7. To fluctuate between motives which appear of equal force; to waver; to hesitate.
  8. To move toward a person or couple, and then back.
  9. To be of equal weight, force, or amount; in dancing, to move to and fro.
  10. To have equal weight or power, etc.: to hesitate or fluctuate.
  11. To be equal; to hesitate.
  12. compute credits and debits of an account
  13. bring into balance or equilibrium; " She has to balance work and her domestic duties"; " balance the two weights"
  14. hold or carry in equilibrium
  15. 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.
  16. To make equal; to settle; to regulate and adjust; to have equal weight, power, or influence; to hesitate.
  17. the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22
  18. an amount on the credit side of an account
  19. equality of distribution
  20. a state of equilibrium
  21. 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
  22. ( mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact correspondence of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
  23. equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
  24. the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
  25. 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"
  26. An apparatus for weighing.
  27. Act of weighing mentally; comparison; estimate.
  28. Equipoise between the weights in opposite scales.
  29. The state of being in equipoise; equilibrium; even adjustment; steadiness.
  30. A balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. See Balance wheel ( in the Vocabulary).
  31. The constellation Libra.
  32. The seventh sign in the Zodiac, called Libra, which the sun enters at the equinox in September.
  33. A movement in dancing. See Balance, v. i., S.
  34. To bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights; to weigh in a balance.
  35. 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.
  36. To equal in number, weight, force, or proportion; to counterpoise, counterbalance, counteract, or neutralize.
  37. To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.
  38. To settle and adjust, as an account; to make two accounts equal by paying the difference between them.
  39. 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.
  40. To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally; as, to balance partners.
  41. To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass; as, to balance the boom mainsail.
  42. 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.
  43. A balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. See wheel ( in the Vocabulary).
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  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. An instrument for weighing; equality; difference between two sides of an account.
  49. A pair of scales or other instrument for weighing.
  50. The act of balancing.
  51. The being in equilibrium; equipoise.
  52. Equality of debit and credit; also, the difference or excess on either side; remainder; surplus.
  53. The balance- wheel of a watch.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
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