[ US /ˈbæɫəns/ ]
[ UK /bˈæləns/ ]
  1. the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
  2. something left after other parts have been taken away
    he threw away the rest
    he took what he wanted and I got the balance
    there was no remainder
  3. 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
  4. a state of equilibrium
  5. 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
  6. a weight that balances another weight
  7. (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
  8. a scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity
  9. equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account
  10. equality of distribution
  1. bring into balance or equilibrium
    She has to balance work and her domestic duties
    balance the two weights
  2. hold or carry in equilibrium
  3. be in equilibrium
    He was balancing on one foot
  4. compute credits and debits of an account
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How To Use balance In A Sentence

  • Our economy is unbalanced, money is in excess supply, and its circulation is completely divorced from the circulation of goods. Inside Perestroika: The Future of the Soviet Economy
  • Striking that balance between old and new will always be difficult, but after a few numbers here, memories of their old bandmaster begin to fade.
  • Frankly I don't understand why most companies don't follow the same policy as franked income in the hands of shareholders is worth a lot more to them than huge piles of franking credits mouldering away in the company's balance sheet.
  • The final section of the traverse was a bit of a challenge: delicate, balancey moves with next to nothing for hands or feet.
  • Finally, in the formation of an opinion as to the abstract preferableness of one course of action over another, or as to the truth or falsehood or right significance of a proposition, the fact that the majority of one's contemporaries lean in the other direction is naught, and no more than dust in the balance. On Compromise
  • The art world can be a profoundly unfriendly and unbalanced place. Times, Sunday Times
  • The imbalance in the number of girls and boys of marriageable age is not the only cause of these social changes, and it will not persist for long.
  • Kerry have a better balance all round; better team and better subs.
  • Your clock has a floating balance mechanism.
  • If you are to have any chance of success, you need to pore over balance sheets, crunch the right numbers and keep abreast of company news. Times, Sunday Times
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