balance

balance

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English

Alternative forms

  • balaunce (obsolete)

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbæləns/
  • Rhymes: -æləns

Noun

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. (literally or figuratively) Something of equal weight used to provide equilibrium; 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, business) The remainder.
    The balance of the agreement remains in effect.
    The invoice said he had only paid $50. The balance was $220.
  12. (obsolete, astrology) Libra.

Synonyms

  • (scales): pair of scales, set of scales, scales, weighing machine, weighbridge (for vehicles)
  • (equilibrium): equilibrium
  • (support for both viewpoints): disinterest, even-handedness, fairness, impartiality, neutrality, nonpartisanship
  • (list of credits and debits): account

Antonyms

  • (equilibrium): nonequilibrium, imbalance, unbalance
  • (support for both viewpoints): bias, favor/favour, partiality, partisanship, prejudice, unfairness

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

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

  1. (transitive) To bring (items) to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To make (concepts) agree.
    • Kent
      One expression [] must check and balance another.
  3. (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.
  4. (transitive) To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.
    • L'Estrange
      Balance the good and evil of things.
  5. (transitive, dancing) To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally.
    to balance partners
  6. (nautical) To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass.
    to balance the boom mainsail
  7. (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.
  8. (intransitive) To be in equilibrium.
  9. (intransitive) To have matching credits and debits.

Derived terms

  • balanced
  • balance out
  • balance the books

Translations

See also

  • balance on Wikiversity.Wikiversity

Anagrams

  • belacan

French

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ba.lɑ̃s/

Noun

balance f (plural balances)

  1. scales
  2. (chemistry, physics) balance
  3. (economics, electricity, politics) balance
  4. (fishing) drop-net
  5. (slang) informant, snitch
  6. (Louisiana) the rest, the remainder
  7. (Louisiana) a scale, more specifically a balancing scale

Related terms

  • balancer
  • balançoire

Verb

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

Further reading

  • “balance” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • bancale

Latin

Noun

balance

  1. ablative singular of balanx

Middle English

Noun

balance

  1. Alternative form of balaunce

Middle French

Noun

balance f (plural balances)

  1. scales (weighing scales)

Portuguese

Verb

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

Etymology

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

Noun

balance m (plural balances)

  1. (accounting) balance
  2. balance; weighing up
    • 1988, Mecano, Un año más (written by Nacho Cano)
      Cinco minutos màs para la cuenta atrás
      Hacemos el balance de lo bueno y malo

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