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(băl′əns)
n.
See Libra.

## bal·ance

(băl′əns)
n.
1. 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. Also called scale.
2. A state of equilibrium or parity characterized by cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces.
3. The power or means to decide: matters that fell outside the judge's balance.
4.
a. A state of bodily equilibrium: thrown off balance by a gust of wind.
b. The ability to maintain bodily equilibrium: Gymnasts must have good balance.
5. A harmonious or satisfying arrangement or proportion of parts or elements, as in a design.
6. An influence or force tending to produce equilibrium; counterpoise.
7. The difference in magnitude between opposing forces or influences.
8. Accounting
a. Equality of totals in the debit and credit sides of an account.
b. The difference between such totals, either on the credit or the debit side.
9. Something that is left over; a remainder.
10. Chemistry Equality of mass and net electric charge of reacting species on each side of an equation.
11. Mathematics Equality with respect to the net number of reduced symbolic quantities on each side of an equation.
12. A balance wheel.
v. bal·anced, bal·anc·ing, bal·anc·es
v.tr.
1. To determine the weight of (something) in a weighing device.
2. To consider and compare or assess: balanced the pros and cons before making a choice.
3. To bring into or maintain in a state of equilibrium.
4. To act as an equalizing weight or force to; counterbalance.
5. Accounting
a. To compute the difference between the debits and credits of (an account).
b. To reconcile or equalize the sums of the debits and credits of (an account).
c. To settle (an account, for example) by paying what is owed.
6. To bring into or keep in equal or satisfying proportion or harmony.
7. Mathematics & Chemistry To bring (an equation) into balance.
8. To move toward and then away from (a dance partner).
v.intr.
1. To be in or come into equilibrium.
2. To be equal or equivalent.
3. To sway or waver as if losing or regaining equilibrium.
4. To move toward and then away from a dance partner.
Idioms:
in the balance
In an undetermined and often critical position: Our plans were left hanging in the balance. Resolution of that item is still in the balance.
on balance
Taking everything into consideration; all in all.

[Middle English balaunce, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *bilancia, having two scale pans, from Latin bilānx : bi-, two; see dwo- in Indo-European roots + lānx, scale.]

## balance

(ˈbæləns)
n
1. (General Physics) 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. See also microbalance
2. 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)
3. a state of equilibrium
4. something that brings about such a state
5. equilibrium of the body; steadiness: to lose one's balance.
6. (Psychology) emotional stability; calmness of mind
7. (Art Terms) harmony in the parts of a whole: balance in an artistic composition.
8. the act of weighing factors, quantities, etc, against each other
9. the power to influence or control: he held the balance of power.
10. (Accounting & Book-keeping) something that remains or is left: let me have the balance of what you owe me.
11. (Accounting & Book-keeping) accounting
a. equality of debit and credit totals in an account
b. a difference between such totals
12. (Chemistry) chem the state of a chemical equation in which the number, kind, electrical charges, etc, of the atoms on opposite sides are equal
13. a balancing movement
14. (General Physics) short for spring balance
15. in the balance in an uncertain or undecided condition
16. on balance after weighing up all the factors
17. strike a balance to make a compromise
vb
18. (tr) to weigh in or as if in a balance
19. (intr) to be or come into equilibrium
20. (tr) to bring into or hold in equilibrium
21. (tr) to assess or compare the relative weight, importance, etc, of
22. (tr) to act so as to equalize; be equal to
23. (tr) to compose or arrange so as to create a state of harmony
24. (Chemistry) (tr) to bring (a chemical or mathematical equation) into balance
25. (Accounting & Book-keeping) (tr) accounting
a. to compute the credit and debit totals of (an account) in order to determine the difference
b. to equalize the credit and debit totals of (an account) by making certain entries
c. to settle or adjust (an account) by paying any money due
26. (Accounting & Book-keeping) (intr) (of a business account, balance sheet, etc) to have the debit and credit totals equal
27. (Dancing) to match or counter (one's dancing partner or his or her steps) by moving towards and away from him or her
[C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin bilancia (unattested), from Late Latin bilanx having two scalepans, from bi-1 + lanx scale]

## Balance

(ˈbæləns)
n
(Astrology) the Balance the constellation Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac

## bal•ance

(ˈbæl əns)

n., v. -anced, -anc•ing. n.
1. a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.
2. something used to produce equilibrium; counterpoise.
3. the ability to maintain bodily equilibrium.
5. an instrument for determining weight, typically by the equilibrium of a bar, from each end of which is suspended a scale or pan.
6. the remainder or rest.
7. the power or ability to decide an outcome.
8.
a. equality between the totals of the two sides of an account.
b. the difference between the debit total and the credit total of an account.
c. unpaid difference represented by the excess of debits over credits.
9. preponderant weight: The balance of the blame is on your side.
10. the harmonious integration of components in an artistic work.
11. a wheel that oscillates against the tension of a hairspring to regulate the beats of a watch or clock.
12. (cap.) Libra.
13. (in a stereophonic sound system) the comparative loudness of two speakers.
v.t.
14. to bring to or hold in equilibrium; poise: to balance a book on one's head.
15. to arrange or adjust the parts of symmetrically.
16. to be equal or proportionate to.
17. to add up the two sides of (an account) and determine the difference.
18. to weighin a balance.
19. to estimate the relative weight or importance of.
20. to serve as a counterpoise to.
v.i.
21. to have an equality or equivalence; be in equilibrium.
22. to be in a state wherein debits equal credits.
Idioms:
1. in the balance, with the outcome in doubt or suspense.
2. on balance, considering all aspects.
[1250–1300; < Anglo-French; Old French < Vulgar Latin *balancia, for *bilancia < Late Latin bilanx with double scales < Latin bi- bi-1 + lanx metal dish]
syn: See symmetry.

## bal·ance

(băl′əns)
To adjust a chemical equation so that the number of each type of atom, and the total charge, on the reactant (left-hand) side of the equation matches the number and charge on the product (right-hand) side of the equation.

## balance

A concept as applied to an arms control measure that connotes: a. adjustments of armed forces and armaments in such a manner that one state does not obtain military advantage over other states agreeing to the measure; and b. internal adjustments by one state of its forces in such manner as to enable it to cope with all aspects of remaining threats to its security in a post arms control agreement era.

## balance

Past participle: balanced
Gerund: balancing

Imperative
balance
balance
Present
I balance
you balance
he/she/it balances
we balance
you balance
they balance
Preterite
I balanced
you balanced
he/she/it balanced
we balanced
you balanced
they balanced
Present Continuous
I am balancing
you are balancing
he/she/it is balancing
we are balancing
you are balancing
they are balancing
Present Perfect
I have balanced
you have balanced
he/she/it has balanced
we have balanced
you have balanced
they have balanced
Past Continuous
I was balancing
you were balancing
he/she/it was balancing
we were balancing
you were balancing
they were balancing
Past Perfect
Future
I will balance
you will balance
he/she/it will balance
we will balance
you will balance
they will balance
Future Perfect
I will have balanced
you will have balanced
he/she/it will have balanced
we will have balanced
you will have balanced
they will have balanced
Future Continuous
I will be balancing
you will be balancing
he/she/it will be balancing
we will be balancing
you will be balancing
they will be balancing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been balancing
you have been balancing
he/she/it has been balancing
we have been balancing
you have been balancing
they have been balancing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been balancing
you will have been balancing
he/she/it will have been balancing
we will have been balancing
you will have been balancing
they will have been balancing
Past Perfect Continuous
Conditional
I would balance
you would balance
he/she/it would balance
we would balance
you would balance
they would balance
Past Conditional
I would have balanced
you would have balanced
he/she/it would have balanced
we would have balanced
you would have balanced
they would have balanced
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## balance

verb
1. He balanced a football on his head.
stabilize
2. Balance spicy dishes with mild ones.
3. She carefully tried to balance religious sensitivities against democratic freedom.
4. (Accounting) He balanced his budget by rigid control over public expenditure.
noun
1. The medicines you are currently taking could be affecting your balance.
equilibrium
2. the ecological balance of the forest
3. her ability to maintain the political balance
4. They were due to pay the balance on the delivery.

## balance

noun
1. A stable state characterized by the cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces:
2. A stable, calm state of the emotions:
Slang: cool.
3. Satisfying arrangement marked by even distribution of elements, as in a design:
4. What remains after a part has been used or subtracted:
verb
1. To examine in order to note the similarities and differences of:
2. To put in balance:
3. To act as an equalizing weight or force to:
4. To make up for:
5. To place or be placed on a narrow or insecure surface:
Translations
ميزانيُوازِنيُوازِن، يَتوازَنإِتِّزانتَوَازُن
rovnováhasaldováhaváhyvyrovnanost
balancebalancereligevægtsaldovægt
ترازومیزان
tasapaino
ravnotežavaga
egyenlegegyenlegbe hozhidegvérmérleg
halda jafnvægijafna reikning, gera uppjafnvægireikningsjöfnuîur, skuld eîa inneignvog
バランス
균형
apskaičiuoti balansąbalansasgerai pagalvojuskabėti ant plaukolaikyti pusiausvyrą
atlikumsbilancelīdzsvarotlīdzsvarsnoslēgt bilanci
balansovaťsaldozostatok
balansbalansera
ความสมดุล
dengeteraziuyumdengede tutmakdenkleştirmek
sự cân bằng

## balance

[ˈbæləns]
A. N
1. (= equilibrium) →
a nice balance of humour and pathosun sutil equilibrio entre el humor y el patetismo
the balance of his mind was disturbed (frm) → su mente estaba desequilibrada
in balance
to keep one's balance
to lose one's balance
the balance of nature
off balance he's a bit off balance (mentally) →
to catch sb off balancepillar a algn desprevenido
to throw sb off balance (lit) → hacer que algn pierda el equilibrio (fig) → desconcertar a algn
on balance (fig) → teniendo or tomando en cuenta todos los factores, una vez considerados todos los factores (frm)
to be out of balance [mechanism, wheel] → estar desequilibrado
balance of power (Mil, Comm) → equilibrio m de poder (Phys) →
to redress the balance
he has no sense of balance
to strike a balance
2. (= scales) →
to be or hang in the balance (fig) → estar pendiente de un hilo
3. (Comm) →
what's my balance?¿qué saldo tengo?
to pay off the balance of an accountliquidar el saldo de una cuenta
bank balance
balance carried forward
closing balancesaldo m de cierre
credit/debit balancesaldo m acreedor/deudor
4. (= remainder) [of items] → ; [of money] →
balance due
balance outstanding
5. (Audio) →
B. VT
1. (= place in equilibrium) [+ weight] → equilibrar; [+ object] → (Aut) [+ wheel] → nivelar
he balanced the glass on top of the bookspuso el vaso en equilibrio sobre los libros
the seal balanced the ball on its nosela foca mantenía la pelota en equilibrio sobre su hocico
he balanced himself on one footse mantuvo en equilibrio sobre un pie
cats use their tails to balance themselveslos gatos utilizan el rabo para equilibrarse
2. (= compare) → ; (= make up for) → compensar
this increase must be balanced against the rate of inflationhay que sopesar este aumento y la tasa de inflación
3. (Comm)
to balance an accounthacer el balance de una cuenta
to balance the books
to balance the budget
to balance the cash
C. VI
1. (= keep equilibrium) →
D. CPD balance sheet Nbalance m, hoja f de balance
balance weight N
balance out
A. VT + ADV (fig) → compensar
the two things balance each other outlas dos cosas se compensan mutuamente
B. VI + ADV the profits and losses balance outlas ganancias y las pérdidas se compensan

## balance

[ˈbæləns]
n
(= stable position) [person, object] →
to keep one's balance → garder l'équilibre
to lose one's balance → perdre l'équilibre
to knock sb off balance →
(= stability, equilibrium) [system, relationship, nature, situation] →
the balance of forces → l'équilibre des forces
on the balance of probabilities → après examen des probabilités
I am satisfied on the balance of probabilities it is appropriate for me to return a verdict of accidental death → Après examen des probabilités, je suis convaincu que le verdict de mort accidentelle s'impose.
the balance between sth and sth → l'équilibre entre qch et qch
to hang in the balance → être en jeu
on balance → tout bien considéré
(= sum) (in bank account)
balance carried forward →
balance brought forward → solde reporté bank balance
(= remainder to be paid) →
(= scales) →
vt
(= keep stable) → mettre en équilibre
to balance sth on sth → mettre qch en équilibre sur qch
(= weigh up) [+ demands, needs] → faire la part des choses entre; [+ pros and cons] → peser
to balance sth against sth → trouver un équilibre entre qch et qch
to balance sth with sth → trouver un équilibre entre qch et qch
(= compensate for) →
to be balanced by sth → être compensé(e) par qch, être contrebalancé(e) par qch
Any escapism in the magazine is balanced by more practical items → Toute tendance à l'évasion dans le magazine est compensée par des articles plus pratiques., Toute tendance à l'évasion dans le magazine est contrebalancée par des articles plus pratiques.
[+ budget] → équilibrer; [+ account] → balancer
to balance the books →
vi (= keep stable) [person] → se tenir en équilibre
to balance on one leg → se tenir en équilibre sur une jambe

## balance

n
(= apparatus)Waage f; to be or hang in the balance (fig)in der Schwebe sein; his life hung in the balancesein Leben hing an einem dünnen or seidenen Faden; to put something in the balance (= risk)etw in die Waagschale werfen
(= counterpoise)Gegengewicht nt(to zu); (fig)Ausgleich m(to für)
(lit, fig: = equilibrium) → Gleichgewicht nt; sense of balanceGleichgewichtssinn m; to keep one’s balancedas Gleichgewicht (be)halten; to lose one’s balanceaus dem Gleichgewicht kommen, das Gleichgewicht verlieren; to recover one’s balance; off balanceaus dem Gleichgewicht; to throw somebody off (his) balance; the right balance of personalities in the team; on the balance of probabilities …wenn man die Möglichkeiten gegeneinander abwägt, …; the balance of powerdas Gleichgewicht der Kräfte; balance of terrorGleichgewicht ntdes Schreckens; to strike the right balance between old and new/import and exportden goldenen Mittelweg zwischen Alt und Neu finden/das richtige Verhältnis von Import zu Export finden; on balance (fig)alles in allem
(= preponderant weight)Hauptgewicht nt; the balance of advantage lies with youder Hauptvorteil ist auf Ihrer Seite
(Comm, Fin: = state of account) → Saldo m; (with bank) → Kontostand m, → Saldo m; (of company)Bilanz f; balance of tradeHandelsbilanz f; balance in hand (Comm) → Kassen(be)stand m; balance carried forwardSaldovortrag or -übertrag m; balance due (Banking) → Debetsaldo m, → Soll nt; (Comm) → Rechnungsbetrag m; balance in your favour (Brit) or favor (US) → Saldoguthaben nt; balance of payments/tradeZahlungs-/Handelsbilanz f
(= remainder)Rest m; to pay off the balanceden Rest bezahlen; (Banking) → ; my father has promised to make up the balancemein Vater hat versprochen, die Differenz zu (be)zahlen
(Art) → Ausgewogenheit f
vt
(= keep level, in equilibrium); (= bring into equilibrium); to balance oneself on one footauf einem Bein balancieren; the seal balances a ball on its noseder Seehund balanciert einen Ball auf der Nase
(in the mind) two arguments(gegeneinander) abwägen; interests, needs, demandsabwägen (against gegen); to balance something against something (dat)gegenüberstellen
(= equal, make up for)ausgleichen
(Comm, Fin) account (= add up); (= make equal)ausgleichen; (= pay off)begleichen; budgetausgleichen; to balance the booksdie Bilanz ziehen or machen
(Aut) wheelauswuchten
vi
(= be in equilibrium); (scales)sich ausbalancieren; (painting)ausgewogen sein; he balanced on one footer balancierte auf einem Bein; with a ball balancing on its nosemit einem Ball, den er auf der Nase balancierte
(Comm, Fin, accounts) → ausgeglichen sein; the books don’t balance; to make the books balance

## balance

:
balance sheet
n (Fin) → Bilanz f; (= document)Bilanzaufstellung f
balance wheel
n (in watch) → Unruh f

## balance

[ˈbæləns]
1. n
a. (equilibrium) → equilibrio
to lose one's balance → perdere l'equilibrio
to throw sb off balance → (fig) →
balance of power → equilibrio di potere
to strike the right balance →
on balance (fig) → a conti fatti, tutto sommato
a nice balance of humour and pathos →
b. (scales) → bilancia
to hang in the balance (fig) → essere incerto/a or in bilico
c. (Comm) → bilancio; (difference) → saldo; (remainder) → resto
balance brought or carried forward →
2. vt
a. (Aut) (wheel) → fare l'equilibratura di (fig) (compare) → ; (make up for) → compensare
the two things balance each other out → le due cose si compensano
this must be balanced against that → nel considerare questo fattore bisogna tener presente l'altro
b. (Comm) (account) → saldare; (budget) →
to balance the books →
c. (Chem, Math) (equations) → bilanciare
3. vi
a.
b. (accounts) →

## balance

(ˈbӕləns) noun
1. a weighing instrument.
2. a state of physical steadiness. The child was walking along the wall when he lost his balance and fell.
3. state of mental or emotional steadiness. The balance of her mind was disturbed.
4. the amount by which the two sides of a financial account (money spent and money received) differ. I have a balance (= amount remaining) of \$100 in my bank account; a large bank balance.
verb
1. (of two sides of a financial account) to make or be equal. I can't get these accounts to balance.
2. to make or keep steady. She balanced the jug of water on her head; The girl balanced on her toes.
balance sheet
a paper showing a summary and balance of financial accounts.
in the balance
in an undecided or uncertain state. Her fate is (hanging) in the balance.
off balance
not steady. He hit me while I was off balance.
on balance
having taken everything into consideration. On balance I think Miss Smith is a better tennis player than my sister.

## balance

rovnováha balance tasapaino ravnoteža バランス 균형 balans ความสมดุล sự cân bằng

## bal·ance

n. balance.
1. pesa, balanza, instrumento para medir pesos;
acid-base ______ acidobásico;
fluid ______ hídrico
2. balance, estado de las cantidades y concentraciones de las partes y fluidos que en forma normal constituyen el cuerpo humano;
3. estado normal del equilibrio físico o emocional.

## balance

n equilibrio
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He knew enough of the world to know that there is nothing in it better than the faithful service of the heart; so rendered and so free from any mercenary taint, he had such an exalted respect for it, that in the retributive arrangements made by his own mind--we all make such arrangements, more or less-- he stationed Miss Pross much nearer to the lower Angels than many ladies immeasurably better got up both by Nature and Art, who had balances at Tellson's.
When he had lifted one-third of himself clear of the ground, he stayed balancing to and fro exactly as a dandelion tuft balances in the wind, and he looked at Rikki-tikki with the wicked snake's eyes that never change their expression, whatever the snake may be thinking of.
The regular distribution of power into distinct departments; the introduction of legislative balances and checks; the institution of courts composed of judges holding their offices during good behavior; the representation of the people in the legislature by deputies of their own election: these are wholly new discoveries, or have made their principal progress towards perfection in modern times.
The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and Balances Between the Different Departments For the Independent Journal.
Lay the food-bag at the foot, it balances better so.
He finally doesn't like and can't bear it, in the sense, I mean, that his wrath, his menaced interest, now balances with his dread.
The familiar experiment called the hydrostatic paradox, in which a capillary column of water balances the ocean, is a symbol of the relation of one man to the whole family of men.
My Dutch letters are simply records of the balances at my different banks, mere financial details.
Then, too, thirty of the boys finish their time next week, and their balances will average ten pounds each.
After this he lives on, spending his money and labour and time on unnecessary pleasures quite as much as on necessary ones; but if he be fortunate, and is not too much disordered in his wits, when years have elapsed, and the heyday of passion is over-- supposing that he then re-admits into the city some part of the exiled virtues, and does not wholly give himself up to their successors--in that case he balances his pleasures and lives in a sort of equilibrium, putting the government of himself into the hands of the one which comes first and wins the turn; and when he has had enough of that, then into the hands of another; he despises none of them but encourages them all equally.