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balance

Noun

1 a state of equilibrium [ant: imbalance]
2 a scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity
3 equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
4 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 [syn: proportion]
5 equality of distribution [syn: equilibrium, equipoise, counterbalance]
6 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" [syn: remainder, residual, residue, residuum, rest]
7 the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
8 (astrology) a person who is born while the sun in in Libra [syn: Libra]
9 the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22 [syn: Libra, Libra the Balance, Libra the Scales]
10 (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact correspondence of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane [syn: symmetry, symmetricalness, correspondence] [ant: asymmetry]
11 an equivalent counterbalancing weight [syn: counterweight, counterbalance, counterpoise, equalizer, equaliser]
12 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 [syn: balance wheel]

Verb

1 bring into balance or equilibrium; "She has to balance work and her domestic duties"; "balance the two weights" [syn: equilibrate, equilibrize, equilibrise] [ant: unbalance]
2 compute credits and debits of an account
3 hold or carry in equilibrium [syn: poise]
4 be in equilibrium; "He was balancing on one foot"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Balance

English

Pronunciation

  • RP & US: /ˈbæləns/

Etymology

From balance.

Noun

  1. A pair of scales.
  2. Equilibrium in movement.
  3. Support for both viewpoints, substances etc or neither; neutrality.
  4. A list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other

Synonyms

Antonyms

Translations

scales
equilibrium
support for both viewpoints
list of credits and debits

Verb

  1. to make (items) weigh up.
  2. (figurative) to make (concepts) agree.
  3. to hold (an object or objects) precariously.
  4. to make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond.
  5. to be in equilibrium.
  6. to have matching credits and debits.

Translations

make (items) weigh up
make (concepts) agree
hold (objects) precariously
make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond
be in equilibrium
have matching credits and debits

French

Etymology

From bilancia, a compound of bi- (see Latin bis) and lanx

Pronunciation

Noun

fr-noun f
  1. scales, balance

Verb

balance
  1. first- and third-person indicative and subjunctive present tense of balancer

Related terms

Extensive Definition

General terms

Specific terms

  • Balance (Urdu: Mizan or ميزان), a comprehensive treatise on Islam written by Javed Ahmed Ghamidi, a Pakistani Sunni Islamic scholar.
  • Balance (film), a 1989 Academy Award-winning short animated film.
  • Balance (networking), a popular piece of software for load balancing.
  • Balance (puzzle), a puzzle resembling Sudoku.
  • "Balance", a poem by Patti Smith from her book kodak.
  • BALANCE Act (H.R. 1066), the Benefit Authors without Limiting Advancement or Net Consumer Expectations Act.
  • Balance Bar, a popular nutritional energy bar.

Similar terms

See also

balance in Danish: Balance
balance in German: Balance
balance in Spanish: Equilibrio
balance in French: Balance
balance in Icelandic: Jafnvægi
balance in Italian: Bilancia
balance in Hebrew: מאזניים
balance in Latin: Libra
balance in Dutch: Balans
balance in Japanese: バランス
balance in Portuguese: Libra
balance in Russian: Весы
balance in Simple English: Balance

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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setoff, shading, shadow, shapeliness, shavings, shilly-shally, shy, similarity, similize, smooth, sober senses, sober-mindedness, soberness, sobriety, solidity, something extra, something of value, sound mind, soundness, soundness of mind, spare, square, square up, stabilitate, stability, stabilize, stable state, stack up with, stagnancy, stagnation, standardize, stasis, steadfastness, steadiness, steady, steady nerves, steady state, stereotype, stick, stick at, stickle, stock account, stop to consider, straddle the fence, strain at, straw, strike a balance, stubble, stump, substance, substantiality, supply, surplus, surplusage, survival, suspense account, sweepings, sweetness, symmetricalness, symmetrize, symmetry, take stock, tally, technique, think twice about, tie, tip, tip the scales, tit for tat, tone, touch, trace, transfix, treasure, treatment, trilateral symmetry, tune, undeflectability, uniformity, uniformize, unregistered bank account, unshakable nerves, unshakableness, valuation account, values, verify, vestige, via media, view together, waste, weigh, weigh against, weigh heavy, weigh in, weigh out, weight, well-regulated mind, wherewithal, wholesomeness, withdraw, yield
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