balance

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English[edit]

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A balance (scale).
A rock balanced on one corner.

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From Middle French balance, from Late Latin *bilancia, from (accusative form of) Latin bilanx (two-scaled), from bi- + lanx (plate, scale).

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balance (countable and uncountable, plural balances)

  1. (uncountable) a state in which opposing forces harmonise; equilibrium
  2. (uncountable) mental equilibrium; mental health; calmness, a state of remaining clear-headed and unperturbed
  3. something of equal weight used to provide equilibrium (literally or figuratively); counterweight
    These weights are used as a balance for the overhanging verandah.
    Blair thought he could provide a useful balance to Bush's policies.
  4. a pair of scales
  5. (uncountable) awareness of both viewpoints or matters; neutrality; rationality; objectivity
  6. (uncountable) the overall result of conflicting forces, opinions etc.; the influence which ultimately "weighs" more than others
    The balance of power finally lay with the Royalist forces.
    I think the balance of opinion is that we should get out while we're ahead.
  7. (uncountable) apparent harmony in art (between differing colours, sounds, etc.)
  8. (accounting) a list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other.
  9. (accounting) the result of such a procedure; the difference between credit and debit of an account.
    I just need to nip to a bank and check my balance.
  10. (watchmaking) a device used to regulate the speed of a watch, clock etc.
  11. (law) the remainder.
    The balance of the agreement remains in effect.
  12. (obsolete, astrology) Libra

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In equilibrium

balance (third-person singular simple present balances, present participle balancing, simple past and past participle balanced)

  1. (transitive) To bring to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights.
  2. (transitive) To make (items) weigh up.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To make (concepts) agree.
    • Kent
      One expression [] must check and balance another.
  4. (transitive) To hold (an object or objects) precariously; to support on a narrow base, so as to keep from falling.
    I balanced my mug of coffee on my knee.
    The circus performer balances a plate on the end of a baton.
  5. (transitive) To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.
    • L'Estrange
      Balance the good and evil of things.
  6. (transitive, dancing) To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally.
    to balance partners
  7. (nautical) To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass.
    to balance the boom mainsail
  8. (transitive) To make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond.
    This final payment, or credit, balances the account.
    to balance a set of books
    • Addison
      I am very well satisfied that it is not in my power to balance accounts with my Maker.
  9. (intransitive) To be in equilibrium.
  10. (intransitive) To have matching credits and debits.

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin *bilancia, from Latin bilanx, from bi- (see Latin bis) and lanx.

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balance f (plural balances)

  1. scales
  2. (chemistry, physics) balance
  3. (economics, electricity, politics) balance
  4. (fishing) drop-net
  5. (slang) informant, snitch

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balance

  1. first-person singular present indicative of balancer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of balancer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of balancer
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of balancer
  5. second-person singular imperative of balancer

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balance

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of balançar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of balançar
  3. third-person singular imperative of balançar

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin *bilancia, from Latin bilanx, from bi- (see Latin bis) and lanx.

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balance m (plural balances)

  1. (accounting) balance