Definition of "balance" []

  • A weighing device, especially one consisting of a rigid beam horizontally suspended by a low-friction support at its center, with identical weighing pans hung at either end, one of which holds an unknown weight while the effective weight in the other is increased by known amounts until the beam is level and motionless. (noun)
  • A state of equilibrium or parity characterized by cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces. (noun)
  • The power or means to decide. (noun)
  • A state of bodily equilibrium: thrown off balance by a gust of wind. (noun)
  • The ability to maintain bodily equilibrium: Gymnasts must have good balance. (noun)
  • 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 (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An imagined device for assessing events, actions, motives, etc, in relation to each other (esp in the phrases weigh in the balance, hang in the balance) (noun)
  • A state of equilibrium (noun)
  • Something that brings about such a state (noun)
  • Equilibrium of the body; steadiness (noun)
  • Emotional stability; calmness of mind (noun)
  • Harmony in the parts of a whole (noun)
  • The act of weighing factors, quantities, etc, against each other (noun)
  • The power to influence or control (noun)
  • Something that remains or is left (noun)
  • Equality of debit and credit totals in an account (noun)
  • A difference between such totals (noun)
  • The state of a chemical equation in which the number, kind, electrical charges, etc, of the atoms on opposite sides are equal (noun)
  • A balancing movement (noun)
  • To weigh in or as if in a balance (verb)
  • To be or come into equilibrium (verb)
  • To bring into or hold in equilibrium (verb)
  • To assess or compare the relative weight, importance, etc, of (verb)
  • To act so as to equalize; be equal to (verb)
  • To compose or arrange so as to create a state of harmony (verb)
  • To bring (a chemical or mathematical equation) into balance (verb)
  • To compute the credit and debit totals of (an account) in order to determine the difference (verb)
  • To equalize the credit and debit totals of (an account) by making certain entries (verb)
  • To settle or adjust (an account) by paying any money due (verb)
  • (of a business account, balance sheet, etc) to have the debit and credit totals equal (verb)
  • To match or counter (one's dancing partner or his or her steps) by moving towards and away from him or her (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "balance" in a sentence
  • "But while an act of self-control can restore the proper temper and balance to the mind when it is in danger, _the best way is to keep it so that it will not go off the balance_."
  • "-- Update users balance update accounts a, bh_sessions p set a. balance = a. balance+ (copyA3_cost+copyA4_cost) + (printA4_cost+printA3_cost) where p. accountid = a. accountid and sessionstate = 'closed' and p. processed = 0 and p. guid = guid;"
  • "With his invention of the term balance sheet deflation, Richard Koo of Nomura Research Institute has described such an economic trap in which credit stops growing, not because banks do not want to lend, but because companies and households do not want to borrow."